Although America has the world’s largest prison population, relatively few of us will ever know what it’s like to serve time behind bars. And with this lack of experience comes many misconceptions about life in prison that we pick up from TV shows, movies, the internet, friends, and family.
Now, no one ever plans on going to prison; however, it’s always good to know the truth about how things work (just in case). After all, we all have friends and family who may someday end up in trouble, and being able to offer sound advice could potentially save their life in prison.
One person who definitely knows what it’s like to serve time in prison is Larry Lawton. Lawton was convicted and sentenced to prison in 1996. After carrying out a string of jewelry store robberies on the east coast. However, before that, he’d been in and out of different jails around the country.
Larry Lawton spent 11 years behind bars for his crimes, and upon his release, he became a life coach, motivational speaker, and author.
He’s also the founder of the famous Reality Check program, which seeks to deter young folks from getting into a life of crime by sharing his story and others to show them the genuine consequences of such a lifestyle.
Larry Lawton is also a strong advocate for prisoners and their issues and is a frequent TV expert in crimes that involve robberies. Lawton is also a very successful YouTuber who’s made several viral videos about prison life.
In the video below, Lawton breaks down the ten biggest myths about life in prison.
Please be warned that he does use some coarse language.
I think Larry Lawton offers a sobering perspective on what it’s like to be an inmate in prison, along with some of the things you definitely don’t want to do while in there. Personally, I think it’s a crime how we’ve thrown away so many human beings and put them into a system that makes it next to impossible for rehabilitation. Sadly, people like Lawton are the exception.
Hopefully, one day we can start closing down prisons as we enter an era where most folks can get the help they need in life before they commit crimes. Please be sure to pass this highly informative video along to your friends and family.