*The Jan. 13 season premiere of A&E’s “Beyond Scared Straight,” which followed five girls to Valley State Prison for Women in Chowchilla, CA, debuted to a record-breaking 3.7 million total viewers — with 2.2 million in adults 18-49 and 2.1 million in adults 25-54, making it the most-watched original series launch in A&E history among all key demos.
Episode 2 went behind bars at the Maryland Correctional Institution at Jessup, where kids from Washington D.C. and Baltimore met convicts from Jessup’s “Inmates Making Positive Attempts to Change Teens” (I.M.P.A.C.T.) program – one of whom seemed a little familiar – at least to fans of ‘Saturday Night Live.”
Below, meet Irvin, a.k.a. “Twin,” 49, serving a 10-year sentence for felony theft. His theatrics and tone-of-voice in this particular clip is a dead ringer for Lorenzo McIntosh, Kenan Thompson’s popular “Scared Straight” character on “Saturday Night Live.”
Compare and contrast below.
Click here to watch “Beyond Scared Straight: Jessup” in its entirety. The episode’s five spotlighted kids have offenses that range from auto theft, to shoplifting, to possession of concealed weapons: Seventeen-year-old Stephen has a brother in prison who taught him to back down to no one; Orben, 17, is convinced he can joke himself out of any dangerous situation; 13-year-old Sahn has already been arrested six times; Brandon, 17, has been arrested five times, and Dion admits to selling drugs.