Sheriff says his program scares youths into better behavior. Experts say it’s child abuse.

Project STORM, a Scared Straight jail program for at risk children & teens run by the Chester County sheriff in South Carolina, is abuse, some say. It has been on the A&E Network TV show Beyond Scared Straight.
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Project STORM, a Scared Straight jail program for at risk children & teens run by the Chester County sheriff in South Carolina, is abuse, some say. It has been on the A&E Network TV show Beyond Scared Straight.

Ames Alexander, an investigative reporter for the Observer, has examined corruption in state prisons, the mistreatment of injured poultry workers and many other subjects. His stories have won dozens of state and national awards. He was a key member of two reporting teams that were named Pulitzer finalists.