Another Look at Scared Straight

Feinstein, Sheryl
March 2005
Journal of Correctional Education;Mar2005, Vol. 56 Issue 1, p40
Academic Journal
The purpose of this study was to explore the impact of adult prisoner presentations on juvenile delinquents. The study involved twenty-four students incarcerated in a low security facility for male adolescents. Two adult male prisoners and a guard from a minimum-security federal prison came to the juvenile correctional facility to talk with the boys. The prisoners spoke about their life leading up to prison and prison life. Of the topics discussed the drug and alcohol use portion of the talk impacted the greatest majority of students (68%). Fifty-five percent of the adolescents believed the presentation would keep them from going to prison. An overwhelming 96% said they would recommend the program to other teenagers in their situation.


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