Some parents choose to adopt a "scared straight" program for disciplining their kids. To make sure their children stay on the straight and narrow, parents and community leaders use scare tactics to make sure kids avoid illegal activities. The results can be somewhat mixed, but these scared straight programs always make for great TV viewing. Here are some prime examples.
"Psych"In one episode of this USA comedy, Lassiter has been tasked with babysitting the deputy mayor's son. The deputy mayor hopes that Lassie can take his juvenile delinquent son under his wing and change his ways. Lassie keeps trying to set the kid right, but only Juliet is able to truly get through to the kid (by whispering an inaudible phrase in the kid's ear to scare him). What Juliet says is never revealed, but the delinquent does apologize to Lassie for misbehaving after she talks to him.
"Dexter"In one memorable flashback scene, Harry takes a young Dexter to see a criminal get executed. Harry warns Dex that if he ever deviates from the code of ethics he has laid down, Dex will end up being executed, too.
Something similar also happened in an episode of "Crossing Jordan." Dr. Macy took his daughter to the morgue to show her what happens to people who end up on the wrong side of the law.