The Reality Check Program
is a one of a kind
product that shows teens and young adults the consequences of making bad
choices. Topics include:
1. Larry Lawton's Life
2. What Prison is REALLY
3. What You Will Lose
4. Avoiding and Dissolving Bad Associations.
The video is 67 minutes in length and appropriate for ages 11 and up.
The School Library Journal (SLJ)
review of the Reality Check Program Video.
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The Reality Check Program. Video. 1:07 hrs. Prod. by Larry Lawton.
Dist. by LL Research & Consulting, Inc. retail $39.95, bulk pricing
as low as $10.00.
Gr 7 Up—Lawrence Lawton admits to making many bad
choices in his life, some of which led him to spend 11 years in prison
for racketeering and other crimes. He lost his family
and was denied many freedoms taken for granted by most of us. From the
perspective of someone who has “been there,” he developed this program
as part of a broader series of services (realitycheckprogram.com)
which aims to help teenagers and young adults avoid a similar fate. In
clear and sometimes explicit language, he shares exactly what occurs in
prisons on a daily basis as well as the long-term consequences of an
arrest record and incarceration. His emphasis throughout is on good
decision making, especially in the choice of friends. It’s not as if
young people haven’t heard these warnings before, but this time they
come from a person who speaks from first-hand experience. The program,
which offers a chapter selection option, employs prison photographs
which might be unsettling to viewers, but that’s exactly the reaction
desired. Lawton, who is now a paralegal, stresses that young people can
easily lose many of their prime years in a hostile, threatening, and
sometimes deadly environment and then return to an unforgiving society.
The presentation sometimes seems preachy and canned, which may turn off
some of those he is trying to reach, but getting through to even one
potential inmate makes it all worth while. The film can be used in a
variety of individual, school, and community settings. A careful preview
is warranted before purchase, but school support staff members may
welcome this title.— Dwain Thomas, formerly of Lake Park High School, Roselle, IL.