A&E Renews 'Beyond Scared Straight' for Third Season

The series has been picked up for 13 episodes, set to premiere in the third quarter of 2012.

A&E has picked up a 13-episode third season of Beyond Scared Straight, which follows prison and jail deterrence programs aimed at helping at-risk teens. The series was inspired by Scared Straight, an Oscar-winning documentary by Arnold Shapiro.

Beyond Scared Straight is raw, honest storytelling that commands your attention,” said David McKillop, executive vice president of programming at A&E. “It’s completely unique in the television landscape while at the same time being utterly relevant and important to the times.”

The series is cable's top unscripted crime/justice show and in its second season, has averaged 2.6 million total viewers. Among adults 18-49, Beyond Scared Straight averaged 1.5 million and in 25-54, averaged 1.4 million.

The third season begins production later this year and is set to premiere in the third quarter of 2012. New episodes of season two return in December.

Beyond Scared Straight is produced by Arnold Shapiro Productions for A&E. Executive producer is Shapiro and co-executive producer is Paul J. Coyne. A&E's McKillop and Laura Fleury are executive producers as well.