By Steve Patterson
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (KSDK) - For years now, the St. Clair County Sheriff's Department has been running their "Scared Straight" program, taking troubled teens on trips to the County Jail.
It's a shocking display of what could be if they don't shape up that's even been featured on the A&E show "Beyond Scared Straight."
But this week, there was a big change in the program. The sheriff's department hosted their first "Scared Straight Goes to College."
The idea is the same, just reversed. It gives honor roll students and class leaders the kind of life they'll have if they keep going and explains the advantages of college.
"They love it. They want to come back again," said Annette Tim, director of the program.
Tim runs both programs she came up with the idea after seeing so many kids change their tune from doing a little jail time. She believes it will apply to both sides.
"We're just rewarding good kids, it's going to have a lasting impact on them," she said.
Tim plans to run both programs together. She says they just shot a new episode with A&E set to air soon.