Larry Lawton on NBC the Today Show discussing 100 million dollar robbery

Larry Lawton nbc-primetime-scheduleLarry Lawton, former jewel robber and founder of the Reality Check Program helps analyst figure out what happened in a 100 million dollar jewel heist in London.

A multi-million-dollar heist in London’s jewelry quarter was likely carried out by a team of a dozen “professionals” with inside knowledge of the vault they robbed, according to a former diamond thief.
Larry Lawton spent 11 years in prison in connection with several jewelry robberies but now educates youngsters about the dangers of crime.
He told NBC News the daring heist in London represented the “score of a lifetime.”
Police are still trying to determine how the thieves robbed the vault in the British capital just after midnight on April 3 and made away with some 70 safety deposit boxes. The contents of the haul has not been officially disclosed — but estimates in the British press have been as high as $200 million.
“I think they had it planned to the tee,” said Lawton, who runs the Reality Check Foundation, a Palm Bay, Florida-based charity helping young people at risk of turning to crime. “You could see the men in the videos were Read More »

Florida leads nation in longer prison sentences, study finds. Jails and prisons are a necessity, but also a part of the problem. Here is a solution to stop corruption in our jails and prisons.

TALLAHASSEE — Thanks to its gung-ho approach to lengthening jail time, Florida led the charge in beefing up prison sentences during the past two decades at a taxpayer cost of more than $1 billion a year, according to a new study by the Pew Center on the States.

The nonprofit organization’s report, titled “Time Served: The High Cost, Low Return of Longer Prison Terms,” examined prisoner-release data from 35 states, representing 89 percent of the prison releases in 2009. It concluded that prisoners served an average of nine more months in custody — 36 percent longer — than offenders released in 1990.

Our goal at Lawton911 and the Reality Check Program is to keep people out of a broken system. If you read my book Gangster Redemption you will hear some horrific prison abuse stories. I didn’t tell the stories to garner sympathy or pity.

I told the horror stories to let people know what really goes on in prisons and jails. I receive calls almost daily from people all over the country telling me about the abuses going on in jails and prisons. I even hear from former guards who are filled with guilt and shame for Read More »

Helping Our Kids – School Administrators And Board Members Need To Wake-Up


I get asked all the time, what is the problem with the youth of today? We read in the papers and see on TV all the negative things our young people do. Yes, some of it is true and we as a society should be looking for answers and ways to change the serious negative trend we are on. HOW DO WE DO THAT?

Schools administrators and boards need to be more pro-active with understanding the kids under their care. The school system has the best platform to help kids. The problem with school officials is they feel that if they ask for help with teen issues they will be perceived as not doing their jobs. Not doing your job is ignoring the serious problems most school districts have.

Most school system are failing miserably when it comes to leaving a certain portion of our youth behind.

If you aren’t an athlete, a straight A student and come from a low income neighborhood, you are left behind. I am called daily by teachers, principals and Read More »

“Gangster Redemption” the book by: Larry Lawton & Peter Golenbock

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“Gangster Redemption”


How Ex-Con Larry Lawton’s Life Has Inspired

Thousands of Kids to Stay Out of Prison

A Goodfella Becomes a Good Guy

How America’s most notorious jewel thief got rich,

got caught, and got his life back on track


Larry Lawton

Founder of Lawton911 and the Reality Check Program DVD


Peter Golenbock

7 Time NY Times Bestselling Author


This book has it all

Organized crime, 15 million in jewelry store robberies, prison torture and the #1 program to help teens and young adults used by courts, law enforcement, cities, and the federal government.  Goodfella’s with a better ending and a true story all documented.


From his jail cell in the hole, he could hear the Read More »

Spring Break: What Parents Need To Know – Stay informed – Reality Check Program

Spring BreakSpring Break: What Parents Need to Know

Read this article by: Carleton Kendrick, Ed.M., LCSW

ABC’s nightly TV news broadcast their annual spring break expose. At mid-afternoon teenagers were fall-down drunk and incoherent. Scantily clad girls enthusiastically lifted their tops and exposed their breasts to car after car packed with cheering, leering boys. A condom maker’s brilliantly colored banners, emblazoned with “TROJANS”, hung from the windows of hotels’ catering to these kids. Just another spring break afternoon in Panama City Beach, Florida.

Spring break. College students make their annual fun in the sun, booze and sex pilgrimage in March. High school students, in Read More »