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 »

Should Medical Marijuana Be Legalized? By: Larry Lawton

questionQuestion:  Should medical marijuana be legalized in Florida for medical purposes? Florida’s Amendment 2.

Answer: The right choice is voting YES on Amendment 2READ BELOW

The Reality Check Program is all about helping teens and adults make the right choices. The views expressed here are from Larry Lawton, Founder and President of the Reality Check Program and author of Gangster Redemption.

The RCP deals with teens and young adults on a daily basis who are going through a lot of problems because of minor marijuana arrests. A record, fines, court costs, time away from work, etc., and this creates more problems.  It is a snowball rolling down a hill. Law Enforcement needs to deal with more serious issues. Heroin, Oxycontin, Molly, Xanax, Acid, etc. NOT MARIJUANA.

Harassing young people with minor marijuana actually creates MM Read More »

Does the Reality Check Program work with Parents?

Yes, all the Reality Check Program Q&Atime.  I also work with grandparents, uncles, aunts and all child caregivers.

We are big believers in education and communications.  It is HOW you communicate and what you say that is important.  The Reality Check Parenting Program is recognized nationally and it is a way for parents to learn about Bullying, Gangs, Drugs, and a number of other issues.  I work with the parents to show the family how to communicate better, tackle complex issues, discipline teens and recognize problems BEFORE they become serious.


It can be difficult for parents to find solutions on how to help their kids to make good choices; the Reality Check Parenting Program is a program you won’t want to miss.

For more information, contact or 321-327-2921

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Reality Check Program – Q & A – Help for a 18 year old


My son is 18, we live in Philadelphia and summer is ending.  I am worried about my son because he keeps making bad choices like smoking marijuana, drinking, staying out late, etc.  He graduates high school this coming year and did well last year.  How long will this immature behavior last and will he grow out of it?


The first thing we ask when dealing with parents of young people is, do they have Read More »