The Reality Check Program

ISBN 13: 9780985408220

The Reality Check Program

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9780985408220: The Reality Check Program

  • The Reality Check Program DVD features Lawrence Lawton's story-how he lost his time, his family, his freedom and much more. In this 67 minute film, through pictures and stories, you'll see what prison is REALLY like and how a young teen or adult can avoid making the same mistakes he made.  Lawton learned from his mistakes, and he will help you understand that a life of crime is no life at all. Today, he devotes his new life to helping teens and young adults BEFORE they are arrested, or worse.

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Gr 7 and Up; Lawrence Lawton admits to making many bad choices in his life, some of which led him to spend 11 years in prison for racketeering and other crimes. He lost his family and was denied many freedoms taken for granted by most of us. From the perspective of someone who has been there; he developed this program as part of a broader series of services ( which aim to help teenagers and young adults avoid a similar fate. In clear and sometimes explicit language, he shares exactly what occurs in prisons on a daily basis as well as the long-term consequences of an arrest record and incarceration. His emphasis throughout is on good decision making, especially in the choice of friends. It's not as if young people haven't heard these warnings before, but this time they come from a person who speaks from first-hand experience. The program, which offers a chapter selection option, employs prison photographs which might be unsettling to viewers, but that's exactly the reaction desired. Lawton, who is now a paralegal, stresses that young people can easily lose many of their prime years in a hostile, threatening, and sometimes deadly environment and then return to an unforgiving society. The presentation sometimes seems preachy and canned, which may turn off some of those he is trying to reach, but getting through to even one potential inmate makes it all worth while. The film can be used in a variety of individual, school, and community settings. A careful preview is warranted before purchase, but school support staff members may welcome this title.

----Dwain Thomas, formerly of Lake Park High School, Roselle, IL

I first heard about Larry Lawton and Reality Check Program when my son was getting into a little trouble last year. I did some research and when I found out what it was about I figured it couldn t hurt. I got a copy of the DVD and Zac and I watched it together. I was a little taken at first from some of the things I heard on the DVD and wasn t sure I wanted Zac to hear them. The next day I came home to find Zac watching the DVD again. Then a couple days later he was watching it a third time with his cousin. I started to talk to Zac more about it and I understood that what he got out of it was different than what I got out of it. I m an adult and already know the difference between right and wrong and he is just learning so therefore he really learned something from it. I can honestly say it was money worth spending; it has been a year since Zac got in trouble and 9 months since he watched the DVD. I recommend this DVD to every teenager even if they haven't got in trouble it will make them think about making bad choices. Kudos to Reality Check, thank you for caring.

----Faith Wheeler, Rockledge, Florida

This DVD is a must for kids starting to act out. ----Robin Lemonidis, Defense Attorney

This DVD is a must for kids starting to act out. ----Robin Lemonidis, Defense Attorney

About the Actor:

Larry Lawton is an ex-con with a passion for helping teens and young adults. He spent eleven years in federal prison for racketeering and for his connections to organized crime. It was there that he fought abuse from prison guards during an eleven-month stint in what is referred to as the hole. Not to be defeated, Lawton chose to educate himself earning a paralegal certification and becoming an expert on the CFR (Code of Federal Regulations). Lawton is the founder of Reality Check Program, which is used by judges, law enforcement, state's attorneys, and numerous other organizations.

He is frequently used as an expert witness on issues dealing with sentencing, reentry, prison regulations, and drug and crime cases for adults as well as juveniles. Lawton had a radio show that frequently hosted guests such as Congressman Bill Posey; Dennis Greenhouse, Director, Community Capacity Development Office (Department of Justice); Charles Hynes, Brooklyn district attorney; Vanda Seward, Director of Statewide Reentry Services for the New York State Division of Parole; numerous Judges; sheriffs; the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Agent-in-Charge; jail commanders; wardens; county commissioners; school board members; and many others. To learn more visit

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Published by LL Research & Consulting
ISBN 10: 0985408227 ISBN 13: 9780985408220
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