Larry Lawton on why he is so passionate about helping young people stay on the straight and narrow?

Larry Lawton on why he is so passionate about helping young people and the Reality Check Program

Q: Why are you so passionate about helping young people stay on the straight and narrow?

A: It is not about the straight and narrow. Young people are supposed to make choices, mistakes and learn from them. What I do is, help young people understand that one bad choice can ruin their life.  I never tell a young person what to do; I show them in sometimes Read More »

Gangster Redemption – By: Peter Golenbock & Larry Lawton

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New York Times bestselling author Peter Golenbock and Larry Lawton write the story of Larry Lawton – from his childhood in the Bronx, New York,  being incarcerated and tortured in the Federal Bureau of Prisons; to how he developed and founded the Reality Check Program.

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Growing up in the Bronx in the shadow of the Throgs Neck Bridge, Larry Lawton was an altar boy until the day he was sexually molested by a priest. Needing to prove his manhood, Lawton as a teen began a criminal career taking bets on football games. He hung out at local bars, was embraced by mobsters, and soon became an “earner” and enforcer for the Gambino crime family. After a young thug made the mistakes of robbing a member of Lawton’s gang, Lawton took him into the basement of the mob bar and told the thug that if he didn’t tell him where the money was, he was going to be sorry. The thug finally talked, but not before Lawton left the imprint of a scalding-hot iron on his chest.

Lawton was then ordered by his superiors to rob a jewelry store in Florida. The owner, who sought to collect insurance on his losses, was in on it. The robbery made Lawton a small fortune, and for the next six years he pulled off heist after heist up and down the East Coast, frustrating the police and the FBI.

After six years he was caught, and sentenced to four twelve year sentences to run concurrently in some of America’s most brutal prisons. He was sent to solitary, tortured by guards, and after he began a letter writing campaign to publicize the brutality of prison life, he was targeted by the warden for further abuse. One day the guards beat him, stripped him naked, strapped him down spread eagle, and urinated on him as punishment. “Keep writing, Lawton,” said one guard as he walked away.

After Lawton served his term, he was asked by a friend to talk to the friend’s son, a boy who clearly was headed for a life of crime. Lawton vividly told the boy about what prison life really was about, and after a couple of weeks the boy’s father said to Lawton, “You ought to make this your life’s work. I don’t know what you told him, but he’s a different kid.” Since then Lawton has dedicated his life to working with America’s teens and young adults, telling them the truth about prison life, what they will lose, avoiding and dissolving bad associations, helping them to turn their lives around. His program, the nationally recognized Reality Check Program, is used by judges, law enforcement, government officials, attorneys and parents all over the country and has kept thousands of teens and young adults from going to prison. His success rate is incredible and well documented.  So is Larry Lawton’s story, he holds nothing back -


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Reality Check Program Class Surveys – By: Larry Lawton

Reality Check Program Class Surveys

Here are some Reality Check Program surveys from a recent class. (see below and click on the survey to enlarge it) Look at the age disparity. EVERYONE has to understand that the choices they make today will affect the rest of their life. It really doesn’t matter what age a person is, we all have choices to make every day. Make sure you make the right choice.

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Reality Check Program DVD – The #1 DVD in the country helping people understand the consequences of their choices. Click Here to purchase.

Everyday people ask me how it feels to do what I do. It is amazing and it is the best feeling in the world. The surveys below are why I do what I do and why I am so determined to make a difference in this world.

Thank you all for caring about people and the community you live in.

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Larry Lawton

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Bullying Prevention – By: Larry Lawton

In recognition of national bullying prevention month, Larry Lawton and the Reality Check Program, would like to educate the public on this very serious problem.

The definition of bullying by Wikipedia definitions……

Bullying: is the use of force, threat, or coercion to abuse, intimidate, or aggressively dominate others. The behavior is often repeated and habitual. One essential prerequisite is the perception, by the bully or by others, of an imbalance of social or physical power. Behaviors used to assert such domination can include verbal harassment or threat, physical assault or coercion, and such acts may be directed repeatedly towards particular targets. Justifications and rationalizations for such behavior sometimes include differences of social class, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, appearance, behavior, body language, personality, reputation, lineage, strength, size or ability.If bullying is done by a group, it is called mobbing.”Targets” of bullying are also sometimes referred to as “victims” of bullying.

Work Place and Adult Bullying

Odds are; you have been the victim of bullying. It could be a co-worker or a person from another profession who threatens to “kick your ass” if you do don’t stop doing such and Read More »

Larry Lawton – Community Policing – “Us Against Them”

Larry Lawton Larry Lawton is a Author, Motivational Speaker, TV Personality, Honorary Police Officer. Ex-con and the Founder and President of the Reality Check Program and non-profit organization the Reality Check Foundation.

Larry Lawton regularly appears on national TV discussing how community policing changes lives and helps both law enforcement and the community. Reducing crime, saving lives and breaking down the “US AGAINST THEM” mentality the community and police have is what Lawton does. It is the “US AGAINST THEM” mentality that has law enforcement the enemy and not the partner they should be. The community listens to Larry because he is an ex-con and honorary police officer. Larry Lawton’s views, opinions and solutions are different, but work. View Larry talking about breaking down the “Us against Them” mentality in August 2013 in Missouri on national TV. CLICK HERE

In August of 2013, Larry Lawton was the first ex-con in the United States to be sworn in as an honorary police officer in the city of Lake Saint Louis Missouri. In November 2013, Larry was recognized on the floor of the United States Congress for his work with helping young people.

Contact: Larry Lawton, 321-917-7694 or email

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TV Appearances: FOX News Huckabee, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, CNN New Day, The Trisha Show on NBC, The Daily Buzz, Fox & Friends, MSNBC the Thomas Roberts Show, CBS 4 St. Louis, NBC Read More »