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March | April 2011

printer friendly version button  Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention  ·  Jeff Slowikowski, Acting Administrator
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In a systematic review of nine randomized studies of Scared Straight and other prison-tour programs, researchers found that "programs like 'Scared Straight' are likely to have a harmful effect and
increase delinquency relative to doing nothing at
all to the same

"Scared Straight"
and Other Juvenile
Awareness Programs for Preventing Juvenile Delinquency

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Established in the 1970s, Scared Straight programs are used throughout the United States as a means of deterring juvenile crime. They usually entail visits by at-risk youth to adult prisons, where youth hear about the harsh reality of prison life from inmates. The programs can involve tours of the facility, living the life of a prisoner for a full day, aggressive "in-your-face" presentations by inmates, and one-on-one counseling. However well intentioned these
prison-visit programs may be, decades of research have shown that
this approach is not only ineffective, but possibly harmful to youth.more
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