Brooklyn DA Charles J. Hynes to Appear on Reality Check Radio Show

Charles J. Hynes, District Attorney of Kings County (Brooklyn), New York will appear as a guest on the Reality Check Radio show on Saturday, Oct 3rd 8am – 9am. Hynes will speak with Lawrence Lawton the show’s host regarding his many innovative criminal justice strategies including the ComALERT (Community and Law Enforcement Resources Together) public safety program which Hynes started in 1999.

ComALERT supports individuals on probation or parole as they re-enter their Brooklyn communities. Both Lawrence and DA Hynes have a passion and philosophy that education, intervention and rehabilitation are as important as traditional law enforcement techniques. The ComALERT program refers participants to community-based organizations that provide them with job training, job placement, education, housing, mental health and substance abuse counseling. Lawton and Hynes will also discuss the Reality Check Program and how it helps teens and young adults to make better choices and how it can be useful as a re-entry tool and help prevent recidivism. Re-entry is a broad term used to refer to issues related to the transition of offenders from prison to community supervision to successfully becoming part of a mainstream society while remaining crime free. Successful reentry strategies ensure the safety of a community and the reduction of serious, violent crime with an emphasis on preventing return to prison.

In 2005, Charles Hynes was re-elected to his fifth term as the District Attorney of Kings County (Brooklyn), New York. Hynes has co-authored and published “Incident at Howard Beach: The Case for Murder” and has contributed to another book, “The Regulation of Nursing Homes: A Case Study.” Hynes’ first novel, “Triple Homicide” was published in June of 2007. Mr. Hynes continues to demonstrate his commitment to public service and education by serving as an Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy at three New York City Law Schools. He was appointed to both St. John’s and Brooklyn Law School in 1984, and Fordham University Law School in 1992.

Reality Check Radio is a weekly radio show featuring Lawrence Lawton and various guests. Radio show topics include: What prison is really like, Reentry and Recidivism, Community Safety, How to avoid gangs in prison, What a lawyer can do for you, How to navigate the legal system, Choice making from a kids prospective – any many more great topics. Guests include judges, police chiefs, prosecutors, politicians, kids, parents, grandparents, etc. The show airs Saturdays, 8am – 9am, worldwide on the Internet at

Lawrence Lawton, born and raised in the Bronx and Brooklyn, is the President and Founder of The Reality Check Program based in Palm Bay, Florida. The Reality Check Program specializes in teens and young adults helping them to make good choices. Lawton spent 11 years in some of the toughest federal prisons in the country. He was convicted of racketeering in connection with organized crime and jewelry robberies. Upon his release from prison, he founded the Reality Check Program. Lawton now tells kids how he lost time, his family, friends and his freedom; and that it just wasn’t worth it. Lawton changes the way kids think. It’s all about choices, and Lawton’s passion makes him a leader in the his field.

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