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.