Scared Straight

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Scared Straight

  • 1978 ----- color ----- 52 min ----- 16mm
  • (Narrated by Peter Falk) Shows how a group of hardened criminals serving life sentences can convince young delinquents to obey the law. For three hours, the length of their ``sentence,'' the teenagers are under the complete control of convicted thieves and murderers. Shouting, cursing and threatening violence, they confront the kids with the real consequences of crime. After a shocking exposure to the horrors awaiting them in prison--homosexual rapes, murder, brutality and deadening boredom--these kids are literally ``scared straight.'' (Best Feature Documentary, 1979 Academy Award)
  • Topics: (Law, Motion Pictures: Documentary, Social Work)