A&E Television’s “Beyond Scared Straight” travels around the country and follows the story of at-risk teens before, during and after they participate in special immersive programs designed to turn them from going down the wrong path.
“It’s an honor to be chosen to be a part of the program,” Sheriff Tim Burkhalter said. “Turning Point is something we feel really strongly about at the sheriff’s office.”
According to Burkhalter, Floyd County has had the Turning Point program for four years, and it takes kids through a day in the life of an inmate.
Staff members volunteer their time to the program, and inmates get involved as well. “The inmates have spent a long time in there and get nothing out of it other than the satisfaction that they have done something good to help a child not end up like them,” Burkhalter said.
The television crew has already met with the teenagers along with their parents and got some background about them. They will interview deputies and inmates for the program as well.
“It’s an open-your-eyes kind of thing,” Burkhalter said in regard to the Turning Point program. “It gets the kids’ attention.”
Burkhalter said he was not sure when the episode featuring the Floyd County Jail and Sheriff’s Office would air.
The new season of “Beyond Scared Straight” begins Monday, Aug. 20, at 10 p.m. on A&E.