This message just came to me from a Youth Partnership group that I belong to. I am very concerned about the “Scared Straight” paradigm, and to my knowledge there is no evidence that this kind of traumatic experience makes long term positive change in behavior. Although, there is plenty of evidence to support trauma of this nature can cause long term negative impact on the developing child. Any thoughts … or research articles you can recommend to help me out in my response to the Youth Partnership member who sent the request?
I was contacted by A&E TV about their program, Beyond Scared Straight. They will be in our area to do a show. They are interested in connecting with teens who might be helped by this experience. If you know of any teens who might benefit from participating in their program or have other contacts who might know of teens,