Rock & A Hard Place…
The above is the name of HBO’s new documentary series starring The People’s Champ (now the champion of wayward youth) Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. In the series follow the emotional journey of juvenile offenders as they go through a six month scared straight style program at the Miami-Dade County Corrections and Rehabilitation Program, equipped with drill instructors and all. Throughout the show The Rock mentors the youth with life knowledge as well as some hard knock stories of his own…
“I got in trouble a lot when I was younger. By the time I was 16, I had been arrested eight or nine times for a variety of things, terrible things that I shouldn’??t have been doing. But I had people in my life who saw the potential in me when I didn?’t see it. Much later in life, once I got out of college, I started to understand the power of seeing your potential and what that means,” – The Rock
WSVN-TV – 7NEWS Miami Ft. Lauderdale News, Weather, Deco On August 17th, 2015 the youth offenders graduated and The Rock led the reception like a proud father. I don’t know about you guys but I think this one has potential. I mean think about it, scared straight on HBO…If Game of Thrones is any indication things could get very raw very quickly. Check out the Instagram Photos below to get more deets on the show and Rocky’s thoughts on the prison system.
I came to the prison today to see two young men who were sentenced to our Dade County Boot Camp, but midway thru their six month stint they committed a crime and now both are looking at serving hard time for up 90 YEARS. I’d been following their progress over the past months and today was the day they WOULD’VE graduated and been free young men. Now it’s done and they’re future is bleak. Looked em both in the eyes and they know they fucked up and there’s a heavy price they’ll pay. It’s also a reminder that no matter who we are or what we do, there’s always consequences to every action. Keep ya heads up MG & JD. Like we talked about.. we get knocked down, we get back up. Lesson learned. Stay strong. A photo posted by therock (@therock) on
Big day today… 6 months ago these youth offenders all faced prison time anywhere from 5yrs to life for a variety of crimes ranging from armed robbery to attempted murder. In front of the judge on the day of their sentencing they accepted to be placed in an extremely hardcore one of kind bootcamp. I gave them my word on their first night that would be broken down in ways they never knew imaginable… but if they stuck with it and didn’t quit, they’d be built back up to become better men. That was 6 months ago. TODAY, in front of their families, drill instructors and judges they graduate and become free men. Stronger men. Better men. I’m very proud to show the world how impactful this one of a kind Dade County Bootcamp Program is and more importantly, proud to show the world how the lives of these young offenders matter. It’s your day men. Let’s graduate and have a lil’ fun. You’ve earned it! See you in a few hours. #DadeCounty #DeptOfCorrections #BootCamp #SevenBucksProds #HBO #RockAndAHardPlace #ChangeIsReal A photo posted by therock (@therock) on
A powerful thing happened today… The rate of recidivism in the U.S. prison system is over 70%. Meaning over 70% of inmates released from prison will commit a crime and return back to prison. Staggering. Here in Miami, we have one of the most hard core and unrelenting bootcamp prisons in the world. And our rate of recidivism is 8%. EIGHT PERCENT. I told these young men 6 months ago when they first arrived that the life they once knew, was over. That they would get broken down to their core – physically and mentally in ways they never imagined – but I also told them they would never break. Big difference. They never broke and today they graduate and become free men. Better men. Very proud of this program, its staff and the impact it has on our prison system and more importantly, caring about young lives that matter. Congratulations men. Just like we talked about.. be a leader, be disciplined and earn that respect. It’s all up to you. #DadeCounty #BootCamp #Graduation #AGreatDay