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Youth Deterrent Program is modern version of Scared Straight

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Terren Arrington, 15, introduces himself.

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Inmate James Hill talks with a group of young men, "I hope you all will do what I didn't do- I hope you will pay attention, because I didn't."

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Inmate Michael Tubbs holds a box as a young man looks inside. The box, which held only a mirror, "contains the answers" for the young men to change their ways, Tubbs said. "If you don't like what you see when you look in there, imagine what other people are seeing."

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Participants in the Youth Deterrent Program listen as they are shown makeshift weapons known as 'shanks' that were confiscated.

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A group of at-risk youth from Michigan and Ohio listen as inmate Dewayne Witherspoon introduces himself.

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Ke'Mauri Armstrong, 16, waits with others to be frisked in a security gate.

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JaShawn Baldy, 15, waits with others to go through a security gate.

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Dominique Coleman, 16, looks out the window as he and other Toledo youths are transported to the Detroit Reentry Center.

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Toledo Police officer Greg Mahlman waves to youth that will be transported to the Detroit Reentry Center.

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Participants of the Youth Deterrent Program recite a 'peace pledge'

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Inmate Michael Hatfield consoles Terren Arrington, 15, as those whose fathers have passed or whose were not actively involved in their lives were recognized.

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Inmate Darryl Woods, chairman of the NAACP Youth Deterrent Committee, consoles JaShawn Baldy, 15, as he speaks with Kelly Ramsey, a referee of the court in Wayne county, about his challenges. "We want to give them the realities of prison without trying to use abusive tactics," Woods said. "That's being transparent, and showing them our hearts."

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Inmates show their daily meal as they talk about the limitations of living in prison.

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