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The Best of Everything /Beyond Scared Straight L.T. Teron Hayes

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The scene is from an episode of A&E cable television network’s show “Beyond Scared Straight” which highlights a Dougherty County Sheriff’s Office program overseen by Moultrie native Lt. Terron Hayes. The one-hour show airs at 10 p.m. tonight.

Hayes, 37, a former Colquitt County Packer football player in the early 1990s, has headed up the department’s Crime Prevention and Interdiction Unit since 2009. The department has several programs geared toward keeping or putting youths back on the right path, including a “scared straight” element that puts them in a real jail for four to 24 hours.

Not every youth steered toward the program gets the full treatment from inmates, who help out in hopes of keeping young people from making the mistakes they did. Of the 2,000 or so students Hayes interacts with every year, most of them he sees for a discussion in his office or during a summer program at schools. About 200 may have interventions of some sort during the year.