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Beyond Scared Straight Uses The Threat of Rape to Get Kids to Not Go to Prison: Too Much?

lynnel Hampton-Bott, Your Black World

Have inmates gone too far by insinuating rape as a strategy for dissuading wayward teenagers from a life of crime?  On the season 2 premier of “Beyond Scared Straight”  Catoe, a prisoner awaiting trial for assault with a deadly weapon, tells a 15-year-old boy  named Alexis that He’s going to wear a dress in preparation for their upcoming nuptials and that fellow teen, Christopher, dubbed Christine by Catoe, applies his lipstick.

Critics of the show are saying that threatening young children with rape is over the top.  Also, prison advocates argue that prison rape is not a laughing matter, leading to cruel and unusual punishment.  Additionally, rampant HIV infection within the African American community has been linked to sexual assaults that occur behind bars.

Will these tactics work or are they too much?  Watch the clip and decide. “Beyond Scared Straight” Season 2, premieres Thursday, Aug. 18 on A&E at 10 p.m. 

  1. Knowledge Supreme-Mind Allah
    August 17, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    It’s not too much. Society has been made so docile and so passive, we get afraid of the smallest thing because we’ve been programmed to think it’s too agressive. The kids who appear on the show “Beyond Scared Straight” are youth who are in a position where their current lifestyles are going to land them in prison, in the same place the guys who are yelling down their faces are in. Lets deal with reality. Rape is apart of what happens to some people who go to prison. It happens to A LOT of people who end up in prison. Those kids need to hear about EVERYTHING that happens in there. The object is to get these kids to realize that prison is the place you DO NOT want to end up. Would we rather the inmates go easy on the youth and the youth end up not being affected by the experience, they continue their lifestyles and eventually end up in prison any, where rape can very well become apart of their reality? Scare the sh*t out of them so that they will leave saying “Im cool, Im not trying to end up in there with them”! And ultimately change how they are living so they wont. If the methods help to keep children who are at risk for being jailed, out of jail, Im for it. Scaring someone with the stories of rape is a lot less than actually being in a position where u will be. Peace

  2. Maria
    August 18, 2011 at 12:15 am

    No it’s not too much… these young men have seen everything except Jesus by now anyway…they have no fear, no respect for anybody nor anything..after the fear is put in that group send the ones into jail with their pants sagged so far down, all you can see is underwear and cheeks…no one needs to see that, but just let them got to scared straight and take away their belts and sag their pants…let’s just see what happens then.

  3. Goldie G
    August 18, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    How can the truth possibly too much, tell it like it is. My husband and I also have been discussing the problem of not testing inmate before they are released from prison. Why is there not a movement to do this to stem the rampant infection rates of women and men who are indulging in sex with former inmates. Our people need to add this to the topics being discussed in symposiums.

  4. August 18, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    no it’s a possibility that they may b raped, not a threat!!!! scare the s–t out of em that may turn 1 of the little ba—-ds around!!

  5. Johnny
    August 20, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Too much? Rape happens in prison, so why not let these CHILDREN know that if they go to prison w/grown convicts they WILL be raped.

  6. August 21, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Is it not true that these kind of acts take place. it is what it is not that it is right, but people please lets be for real about the situation . anything to deter these young people from going that way

  7. BabyD
    January 30, 2013 at 9:34 am

    I say these punk ass white boys who think they so motherfuckin tough need to be told the truth about prison. They gonna get they ass FUCKED HARD by black dick! And that’s the way it should be.

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