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Scaring teens straight still a high priority at Caddo Correctional Center

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Teens are led into a room to face female prisoners. Teens are led into a room to face female prisoners.
CADDO PARISH, LA (KSLA) -

If you've ever seen the TV show "Scared Straight," then that's exactly what some Caddo teens got to experience on Tuesday night.

It's called the "Don't Let This Be You" program, in which parents get to bring their possibly troubled teens to the Caddo Correctional Center to show some of them where they'll end up if they continue their behavior. And it's still working - for most teen participants.

First, teens were given a PowerPoint presentation by Ron Stamps of the District Attorney's office. Then, the doors opened so that so many go in and don't get out for quite some time.

"The decisions you make can change your life forever," says one inmate to the teens.

"This is our female dorm. This is housing unit hotel," says another to a group of female teens.

Others were told: "Don't do that. I did some wrong things in my life but I repent right now. I don't know when I'm getting out. I'm going to court next week and I don't know when I'm getting out. Do something with ya'll life. Go to school when you all get back. Go back to school."

The result, according to one program official: "It had already impacted him to the point where he's saying I'm not coming here. That's what he said out of his mouth a few minutes ago. So I think this is only going to seal impact of avoiding the prison system."

Some of the teens had smile and smirks on their faces. But when the inmates spoke, all those were wiped away. Unfortunately, one of the corrections officers says that one or more of the teens will end up going back through the same doors.

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