Author Archives: Larry

Dealing with mass shootings and violence – By: Larry Lawton

Larry Lawton tries to make sense of mass shootings and violence. How can we deal with mass shootings and violence? The short answer is you can’t. To comprehend something you have to understand it. There is no understanding mass shootings and random violence. The real question is; how do we deal with it? The political debate […] Read the Rest…

My Son Was Arrested For Possession of Under 20 Grams of Marijuana – By: Larry Lawton

Question:   My 21-year-old son was arrested on a possession charge – under 20 grams of marijuana.  He hasn’t been in trouble in over a year.  He was on probation for possession of a gun and had a few minor traffic charges.  What can I expect the court to do? Answer:  First off, he needs to […] Read the Rest…

OPIOIDS – EDUCATION and the ISSUE – By: Larry Lawton

OPIOIDS – By: Larry Lawton I think everyone will agree we are deep into an opioid crisis. To fix the opioid crisis or any crisis for that matter, you first have to understand what is causing the crisis. What started the opioid crisis, and continues to hold back any long-lasting recovery, is the lack of […] Read the Rest…

My son is failing in school, what should I do? By: Larry Lawton

Larry Lawton, Founder, and President of the Reality Check Program answers a parents question on failing grades.  Question: My 13-year-old son is in the 8th grade and about to fail school? He seems like he doesn’t care. Answer: For starters, we are big advocates of education and ask you to remember that education doesn’t just […] Read the Rest…

Prison and Jail Oversight – Open Request to Governor DeSantis

Governor DeSantis, we are requesting an independent investigation.  On December 9, 2018 Gregory Lloyd Edwards, a 38-year-old combat veteran with PTSD was acting erratically at a Walmart and the police were called. (Rightfully so) Gregory Edwards was arrested and taken to the Brevard County jail and ended up dead. The full story is in the […] Read the Rest…

Why Some People Don’t Trust the Police and How to Fix it. By: Larry Lawton

As a man who travels a lot and helps families and communities all over the country, I get to hear first-hand what concerns, gripes and issues families have with schools, law enforcement, jails and cities in general. For the most part, people are happy with the services given by the agencies mentioned above. People also […] Read the Rest…

Second Chances Do Work – Support People – Reality Check Program

Second chances and what they mean – By Larry Lawton Being a free man for over eleven years now, (my release date was August 24, 2007) I’ve had a lot of time to reflect on life, family, friends, my career and what it all means. What it always comes back to is second chances and what […] Read the Rest…

Choice-Making by Teens and Community Leaders – By: Larry Lawton

Why young people need to be educated and taught how to make choices. You have to ask yourself, why do young people make bad choices? Yes, everyone makes bad choices, but kids make more bad choices than adults. Why is that? Mainly because of their age. Studies have shown, that the human brain doesn’t fully […] Read the Rest…

National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day – By: Larry Lawton

Today is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. It is nice to see a specific day law enforcement is appreciated, but in reality, every day should be National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.   As a man who works with law enforcement on a regular basis and all over the United States, I can say without hesitation, as a […] Read the Rest…

Incarceration – vs – Prevention – By: Larry Lawton

I get asked the question of why is prevention better then incarceration? At first, I couldn’t believe someone would ask that question, but after some thought, I realized it is a valid question coming from a person who doesn’t understand the cost of incarceration.  First, let me give you the latest statistics.  The United States […] Read the Rest…