The Rock: Dwayne Johnson Helps Young Prisoners Turn Their Lives Around

Leigh Egan

Actor and former WWE wrestler Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is helping young prisoners turn their lives around. In a real-life version of the Gridiron Gang, youthful offenders are getting a second chance, but instead of football, they must endure six grueling months of boot camp.

People reports that on Monday, Johnson honored a group of youth offenders at the Miami-Dade County Corrections and Rehabilitation Department after the young men graduated a boot camp program.

Johnson is currently filming a new HBO documentary, Rock & a Hard Place, in Miami, Florida, where he's working with minors who are serving time for charges such as robbery, attempted murder, and more.

After serving six months at the corrections center and completing an intensive boot camp program, numerous at-risk youth successfully graduated, with Johnson by their side, congratulating them.

"Congratulations. We're all very, very proud of you."
"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. "
"Over 90 percent of the people who graduate from this program don't come back into the system."
"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."

Regardless, Johnson remains positive about the program and feels that there is still hope for at-risk youth as long as they work hard and refuse to give up.

Although there is still no word yet as to when the documentary will air, The Rock says the project is close to his heart, given that he himself went through troubles during his early teens.