Question: What is a person thinking when they are released from prison? By: Larry Lawton

Answer: After appearing on FOX News Orlando Saturday and Sunday discussing this issues I thought I would give some insight into what goes on in a person’s mind right before they leave prison.

After being incarcerated for X amount of years a person getting out of prison feels anxiety, fear, lack of trust and a number of other issues like what will I do for a living, how will I eat, where will I live, relationship stress, etc.  The latter part of what I wrote can be addressed and usually is to a degree.

The hardest part is the fear, anxiety and lack of trust for authority. It takes time, help from loved ones, help from trusted non-family members and help from the system itself. Sadly, the system is part of the problem and my goal is to change the system to help prevent future victims, the ex-offenders and all taxpayers because ultimately we all pay the price for failing to help ex-offenders readjust to society.

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The Bully – By: Larry Lawton

questionQuestion: I fear my son is becoming the bully, not the victim?

Answer: Bullying is not just associated with boys, yes, even girls bully. All kids go through a time when they feel defensive or inadequate which is usually associated with low self esteem. Most kids either act aggressive towards others or try to find someone they can feel superior towards. Hence; Bullying! First off, have them watch the Reality Check Program DVD. They will see where being a bully will get them.  In a a place they don’t want to go. Secondly, time spent with a son or daughter who is acting like a bully is priceless. Communication is the key. Find out what is really bothering your child. And lastly, it is all about LOVE. All people want to be loved. A hug and kind word goes a lot further then yelling and fighting.

Good Luck,

Larry Lawton

Larry Lawton

Larry Lawton, author of Gangster Redemption and founder of the Reality Check Program

Teenager caught with a weapon – By: Larry Lawton

Reality Check Program Question and AnswerQuestion: I am a stay at home Mom and went through my 15 year old son’s dresser drawer and found a knife. He said it was something everyone carried. I am very concerned. What do I do?

Answer: First I would like to applaud you for going through your sons dresser draw. A lot of parents think that is an invasion of their son or daughters privacy. NOT! You have the right and should go through cell phones, computers, and anything else you feel you need to go through to watch over your son or daughter.

Parents have to get it through their heads they are not their kid’s friend, they are their parent. There will be plenty of time for friendship when they are older. What I mean by “not” being your son or daughters friend, I mean you have to make the decisions that will help them through the tough teen years. When a child makes a Read More »

Son Caught With Marijuana – By: Larry Lawton

Reality Check Program Question and AnswerQuestion: My son (16) got caught with a small amount of marijuana. What should l do?

Answer: If you go to our website, and look at the identifying at risk teens page you will see your son in #5 and #24.

What will happen? If he was caught by the police he was probably released to you and you were given a date to appear in juvenile court.  Each case is different so calling a lawyer might be the best route. We can recommend different lawyers in different areas, contact us and check out our resource page. Most first time cases will qualify for a diversion program or another program like the Reality Check Court Ordered DVD.

Getting caught with “any” drug is serious, and yes, this includes alcohol. You might say, marijuana is minor, but it is a start and no kid starts off with heroin, cocaine, pills, etc.  Most kids Read More »

Prisoner Reentry, How Important Is It And Can We Do Better? By: Larry Lawton

Reality Check Program Question and AnswerQuestion:  How important is reentry and can we do better?

Answer: Successful reentry saves lives, reduces crime, families are reunited, society saves money and actually makes money, and “It’s the right thing to do”.

Most states, the federal government and organizations aren’t tackling reentry in the best way possible. It is not that they don’t care or want to, they just don’t know how.

As a man who successfully reentered society and is developing a national reentry program, reentry is about understanding the actual needs of a newly released individual compared to the physical and material needs.

The evaluation of each person being released from confinement is the most important thing you can do. Every person being released has different needs, both psychological and material wise. Knowing what a person actually needs, sets the stage for a successful reintegration back into society.

Housing, addiction treatment, mental health, job skills, employment, medical needs are all important, but the psychologicalLawton911 Prison Consulting factor is the most important and most programs don’t address that in the right way.

I am in the process of helping a friend (Paul) who was incarcerated since 1989, (No murder, rape, or violent crime. He was a drug dealer) yes, you read that right. 1989 – A 30 year sentence, doing 25 straight years. (Fixing the broken sentencing system is another topic to be addressed at a later date.)

I explained to Paul what would happen psychologically when he leaves prison. Shock, jitters, confusion, elation. He will experience all that, and more, after a long incarceration. There is no getting around it, so it is how you handle it that matters.

Paul called me from the airport and Read More »