HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) -- Maryland prisons officials have suspended programs that send young people into prison to divert them from committing crimes.
Maryland Commissioner of Correction J. Michael Stouffer imposed the directive last week. The decision was made last month after A&E television went into the Maryland Correctional Institution near Hagerstown. The network filmed a segment for "Beyond Scared Straight," a weekly series that airs Thursday at 10 p.m.
Corrections spokesman Rick Binetti says he decided to re-examine the programs to ensure everything was in order.
Because of Stouffer's decision, film crews will not be permitted to film more episodes of "Beyond Scared Straight" or other documentaries in Maryland's prisons.