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Larry Lawton    

Founder & President of the Reality Check Program, Author, TV Personality and Teen & Young Adult Expert

Larry Lawton spent 11 years in some of the toughest federal prisons in the country. He was convicted of racketeering in connection with jewelry robberies. Upon his release from prison, he developed the Reality Check Program.

Larry's life story is depicted in the book "Gangster Redemption," which was co-written with eight-time New York Times bestselling author Peter Golenbock. Critics are calling the book, "The next 'Goodfella's,' with a better ending." Both a TV show and movie are in the works.

Born and raised in the Bronx and Brooklyn, NY, Larry spent six years in the Coast Guard before making some bad choices, which led him to associations with organized crime. While in prison, Lawton saw inmates stabbed and friends die. He saw young men raped and turned out as prostitutes for other inmates. Lawton was stabbed and stabbed others. He studied to be a paralegal and became a gang mediator; he somehow kept his sanity by helping other inmates.

Lawton changes the way people think. It's all about choices, and Lawton tells his story of bad choices which led to serious consequences. How he lost time, his family, friends and his freedom; and that it just wasn't worth it.

The nationally recognized Reality Check Program consists of four parts: Decision-making, What prison is REALLY like, What you will Lose and Avoiding and Dissolving Bad Associations. Larry is available for groups, organizations, schools and corporations. Consulting and guidance is available for teens, young adults and families with a legal/crisis problem situation. Lawton's programs are recommended by police chiefs, sheriffs, judges, prosecutors, state attorneys and families all across the country.

Larry has appeared on TV programs like "The Huckabee Show" on FOX News, "The Trisha Goodard Show" on NBC, "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart on Comedy Central, "The 700 Club" with Pat Robertson on CBN, "The Daily Buzz," "The Healing Today Show" on CTN and "Making A Difference" on CBS Orlando.

Larry was also a Casey Anthony expert on Casey's release from confinement on FOX News Orlando. Larry hosts a monthly show on Brevard Notes called "Lawton's Law" on Brighthouse Networks talking about law, teens and the best way to help young people.



Ex-Con Larry Lawton Finds Redemption in Rescuing At-Risk Youths
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Larry Lawton, Former Jewel Thief, Is First Ex-Con To Become ...
Larry Lawton used to be known as one of the biggest jewel thieves in the country. In 1996, he was on the FBI's most wanted list, and he spent 11 years in a ...

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