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Floyd County A&E Episode a True Depiction of Jail Life, Sheriff Burkhalter Says

Jan 27, 2013 -- 1:23pm

By: Laura-Jane Hatcher (WRGA News) 

It’s been several weeks now since the Floyd County Jail was featured on the A&E Realty Show Beyond Scared Straight, and its reception has been mostly positive. 

In August, the Grammy-nominated TV Show followedseveral teenage boys as they embarked onthe Floyd County Sherriff’s Turning Point Program, a one-day venture into the jail for at-risk kids. The episode aired on January 10th, and since then, the A&E Facebook page and forum has been filled with comments about it. The reviews have been mixed; some called it one of the best episodes yet, while others have called some of the deputies’ remarks “disgusting.” In light of this, Sherriff Tim Burkhalter says his teams’ TV portrayal is an accurate picture of reality in the jail. 
 “It’s the way it really is. I know some people may feel it may not credit the county in general, but a lot of those people have never seen what it’s like in jail. The purpose is to show people what it is to be in jail,” Burkhalter says. “We’ve had some very good positive input from a couple of the boys. One of the boys has been up to jail several times. He says he wants to be an FBI agent and he's talked with some of the Sherriff members.”
“If we save one,” he continues, “then we’ve done a good job.” 
Though you can no longer catch the Floyd County episode online, you can watch other troubled teens navigate their own county jails on Beyond Scared Straight, which airs Thursdays at 10pm on A&E.
 If you’d like more information on the Turning Point program, visit the sheriff’s offices website at

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