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 understand it is their choices that got them in whatever problem they happen to be in.

I’d be lying if I said all communities had positive reviews of the agencies mentioned above. There are certain communities that quite frankly don’t trust, or like the police. In those communities, I always ask, why don’t you trust the police?  In 99% of the Read More »

Second Chances Do Work – Support People – Reality Check Program

Larry Lawton certificate of termination from US Federal ProbationSecond 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 we do with them.

Most people need a second chance and deserve a second chance. Let me explain, it doesn’t matter if you were caught for something or not. Maybe you have driven drunk, stole something, threatened someone, assaulted someone, etc. Everybody has done something they know was not right and probably could have gotten them in some legal trouble. One person once said to me, “I’ve never done anything that could have gotten me thrown in jail” I looked at him and asked if he ever Read More »

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 develop until approximately 25 years of age.

There are a number of other factors that contribute to choice-making and since we can’t Read More »

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 whole, law enforcement is doing the best job they ever did.

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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 is the most incarcerated country in the world.  It cost approximately $30,000 a year to house one inmate.  The cost to incarcerate a juvenile range from Read More »