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Scared Straight! (1978)
Starring: Peter Falk, Danny Glover
Director: Arnold Shapiro
Category: , Documentary
Studio: New Video DVD
90 mins



It took going behind bars to keep them out.

Their crimes included assault and battery, arson, auto theft, breaking and entering, and possession and distribution of narcotics. Although they were still minors, these juvenile delinquents were already on a one-way path to doing hard time.

Hosted by Peter Falk, the Oscar and Emmy award-winning Scared Straight recounts the day seventeen teenage lawbreakers spent inside the Rahway maximum security prison with the most dangerous criminals New Jersey had to offer. Calling themselves "the Lifers," these convicts gave the youths an in-your-face, no-holds-barred account about life in prison, sharing every ugly detail. Without a doubt, the teenagers' that day changed the course of their lives forever.

Now for the first time on DVD, audiences can revisit Scared Straight!, and see the lasting effects of the teenagers and convicts' in Scared Straight! 20 Years Later, hosted by Danny Glover. The day documented in Scared Straight was unforgettable-the question is, did it work?