Watch The Rock Attend A Boot Camp Graduation To Inspire Young Offenders For His HBO Documentary ‘Rock & A Hard Place’

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http://wsvn.images.worldnow.com/interface/js/WNVideo.js?rnd=875050;hostDomain=www.wsvn.com;playerWidth=640;playerHeight=355;isShowIcon=true;clipId=11772142;flvUri=;partnerclipid=;adTag=News;advertisingZone=;enableAds=true;landingPage=;islandingPageoverride=false;playerType=STANDARD_EMBEDDEDscript_EMBEDDEDscript;controlsType=overlayIn a project that Uproxx describes as sounding like Beyond Scared Straight “except more highbrow because it’s on HBO and features the people’s eyebrow,” Rock & A Hard Place is a documentary centered around The Rock presumably yelling at young repeat offenders until they…stop offending? Become wonderful productive members of society? Take your pick and it’ll probably be right. Here’s how The Rock describes their graduation day:

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.

While there’s no word yet on the air date for Rock & A Hard Place, The Rock took to Instagram to share his experiences on what it was like helping these young men:

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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

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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

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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.

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