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Does the Scared Straight program deter criminal behavior?

The Scared Straight program attempts to deter Juvenile offenders by taking them to prisons and getting them to interact with life-long prisoners. The efficacy of the program is contested.

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Doris MacKenzie    Criminology Professor
"Scared Straight" is another program designed to deter young offenders or at-risk juveniles from continuing criminal activities. They are taken to maximum security institutions where inmates tell them the horrors and difficulties of life in prison. Studies of these programs have not indicated any differences between those who participated in the programs and comparison groups and in some cases the re-arrest rates were higher for those who participated in the program.
01 Feb 1997    Source


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