Question: Beyond Scared Straight is a hit TV show on A&E, what is the difference between what you do and what they do?

March 20, 2015


We get asked this question a lot, so we well explain the difference in detail.

Beyond Scared Straight was a concept that was used in the 70’s and originated in Rahway State Prison in New Jersey.  The concept was to show teenagers what prison was really like in a hard, yelling and in your face way. The Scared Straight way has been proven to be ineffective and actually increase teens getting in trouble.  When a person yells at someone they put up a wall and close their minds.  Not a good way to teach something with lasting results.  What the Reality Check Program does is open a person’s mind with credibility, reality, education, logic and in a way that encourages the participant to WANT to change.  Therefore, the person retains the information and makes better choices in the future.

The Reality Check Program is broken into four distinct parts.

  1. Larry Lawton’s Life
  2. What Prison Is REALLY Like
  3. What You Will Lose
  4. Avoiding And Dissolving Bad Associations

What is important to understand is you can’t give one section independently without the others.  We could, and do, but the results aren’t as good as when we give all four parts together.

The program was designed in a specific way to open the mind and then give good information in a way that gets positive results.

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