Reggie Garcia is "an expert in clemency and parole cases."

Tallahassee Democrat (7/21/14)

Reggie has represented clients on executive clemency, parole and conditional medical release matters, and on criminal cases in state court.
Reggie Garcia - Florida Clemency Lawyer

Client Testimonial

This great gift of freedom is, in large part, due to your brilliant work during the time of my administrative appeal.
Former state inmate client paroled in 2020. (8/27/2020)

Books by Reggie Garcia

Buy Second Chances and How to Leave Prison Early** to learn about the types of executive clemency available for convicted felons, including full and conditional pardons, restoration of civil rights (RCR), firearm authority, and prison commutations. (Click on the book covers to buy from Amazon.)

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Click this image to take you to Amazon to purchase How to Leave Prison Early by Reggie Garcia

These books were written in 2015 and included the clemency rules in place at the time. You should consult the current clemency rules on the Florida Commission on Offender Review website.

**The Florida Department of Corrections has banned How to Leave Prison Early book because it contains identifying information about current inmates. If a state inmate orders it, the prison will not accept delivery and return the book to sender.

Client Testimonial

… your persistence and unrelenting drive to get my story heard by the Cabinet members went above and beyond anything I expected.
Pinellas County CPA and corporate officer who obtained an expedited Full Pardon in 2010. (2/1/2011)

Praise for How to Leave Prison Early

  • “I just read your book … and I am impressed. You gave a clear and concise explanation of clemency that was quite helpful.”

    24 year-old inmate serving 20 years for 2nd degree murder

  • As Florida’s premier expert on early inmate release, attorney Reggie Garcia, has written this much needed easy to read book and excellent guide for his primary intended audiences the inmate, their families and supporters. A must read.

    Hon. Bob Butterworth, Esq., Clemency Board member as
    four-term Attorney General of Florida 1987-2003

  • Reggie Garcia has always been very professional in his appearances before the Florida Cabinet.

    Hon. Jim Smith, Esq., Clemency Board member as FL Secretary of State 2002-2003 and Florida Attorney General 1979-1987 (8/11/15)

  • As a Clemency Board member for 10 years, clemency decisions were often difficult ones for me and my colleagues. However, these cases gave us an opportunity to approve citizens who earned mercy and a second chance.

    With his 20 years experience, Mr. Garcia has the credibility to help the board make informed decisions. He is a trusted advocate.”

    Hon. Tom Gallagher, Clemency Board member as Florida Chief Financial Officer 2003-2007 and Florida Treasurer 1989-1995
  • Reggie Garcia has taken his years of successful experience and condensed them in this easy to read and remarkably helpful book.  It is a must read not only for those incarcerated but also for the lawyers who help them and the decision-makers who consider their cases.

    Hon. Major Harding, Esq., former Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Florida 1991-2002

  • Among my proudest achievements are recognizing accomplished lawyers like Reggie Garcia (1985) who has a very unique and effective law specialty — to help get mercy, grace and justice for convicted felons who have earned a second chance from the governor and Florida Cabinet or the parole commission.  
    Mr. Garcia’s “How To” book is well-written, timely and mainly for people who cannot afford a lawyer — it will help inmates’ families learn clemency, parole and other release options and strategies.

    Fred Levin, Esq., the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame and namesake of the UF Levin College of Law

  • I really appreciated your book in that it was a very succinct and understandable explanation of a complicated process. It would act as a great handbook for lawyers to help educate their clients on this very cumbersome process and it gives a great overview of all the complexities. It is truly a how to and who with of the entire clemency process. Congratulations.

    Mark M. O’Mara, Esq., Board Certified Criminal Trial Specialist, CNN Legal Analyst, and George Zimmerman’s lawyer (7/16/15)
  • Reggie Garcia's very useful book comes at a time when large numbers of Floridians are caught in a dysfunctional criminal justice system.  His wide experience has provided a base for good advice to those who are trapped in this system.  I see the book as an important piece of the effort to fashion a system of smart justice.

    Hon. Sandy D’Alemberte, Esq., former ABA President, FSU President, FSU Law Dean, and Founder of the Innocence Project of Florida

  • This is a ‘How To’ book that should be required reading by inmates and lawyers seeking to obtain prison release.

    Morris S. Dees, Jr., Esq., nationally-renowned civil rights trial lawyer and co-founder, Southern Poverty Law Center

  • Congratulations on publishing your great work. I’m quite sure it will be a great aid to those in need.

    Sister Mary Rinaldi, Development Director, Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco, North Haledon, NJ

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Client Testimonial

… you never stopped fighting for your clients ! Thank you for being there for our family - for turning our hope into reality soon. Thanks.
Mother of former state inmate client who is up for parole in 2020. (1/13/2020)

Reggie Garcia in the Media

Client Testimonial

You are truly making a difference in these folks’ lives. Thank you for all the hard work that you do.
Second District Court of Appeal Judge. (11/2018)

Reggie Garcia's Experience

As a lawyer and state government lobbyist, Reggie Garcia has:

25+ years experience presenting clemency cases to four Florida governors and numerous cabinet members of both political parties

Visited inmates and staff at 36 Florida prisons

Been approved by the Office of Executive Clemency to handle death penalty clemency cases based on a new 2014 law

Testified before Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet when the new clemency rules were approved in 2011

Met with parole commissioners and their professional staffs on clemency and parole cases

Published legal articles in magazines and “opinion editorials” in 14 newspapers

Worked with the lawyers and other “clemency aides” and “parole examiners” who conduct research and make recommendations

Appeared on national network and cable TV, state and local broadcast affiliate TV stations, on the radio, and in magazines and newspapers

Worked with the Florida Department of Corrections’ staff to research clemency, parole and administrative matters

Spoken to correctional officers in 2004 at a large federal women’s prison

Client Testimonial

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping us. Your guidance and assistance will never be forgotten. We are so grateful that ( the released inmate ) can spend the rest of his time surrounded by family. 
Family member of inmate who was released early from state prison on conditional medical release (December 2020)

Client Testimonial

It was great to sit on the Conviction Integrity panel with each of you.
An Elected Florida State Attorney, after the 2018 Florida Bar Criminal Justice Summit. (11/7/2018)

Client Testimonial

I cannot express my gratitude enough. Thank you very much for all you’ve done to help me. I would highly recommend you to everyone. You’re the man.
Business owner and licensed plumbing contractor who obtained a clemency Full Pardon and Gun Rights. (12/16/2020 )

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Client Testimonial

Your concern for our son greatly aided us in contacting the appropriate individuals in the FDOC, Tallahassee, FL, to take an interest in his failing medical condition and transfer him to a place that he could get the attention he so dearly needed.
Parent of a state inmate (9/2021)
Reggie is an AV Preeminent®-rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, achieving the rating agency’s highest marks for both competency and ethics.
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