October 17, 2016
Tallahassee Democrat: 2 Lobbyist Debate Florida Pot Amendment

We’re discussing Amendment 2, which is on the ballot in November and would legalize medical marijuana in Florida.  Moderator James Call is talking with Reggie Garcia (pro) and Barney Bishop (anti). Please post questions for the panelists below in the comments.  This event is part of the USA TODAY Network’s Facebook Live 2016 series. See […]

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September 26, 2016
Capitol News Service: Amendment 2 battle about to get hot

Proponent Reggie Garcia says voters shouldn’t be fooled by the claims made in the slick mailer or on TV.  “There’s ten very specific debilitating medical conditions, so we think there’s a lot of safeguards to trust our doctors” says the Yes on 2 spokesman. Read more.

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September 1, 2016
The Florida Bar Journal Book Review: Second Chances: Florida Pardons, Restoration of Civil Rights, Gun Rights and More, by Reggie Garcia

Reggie Garcia is an excellent resource for anyone who is interested in understanding the intricate details of the process of pardons and restoration of civil rights in the State of Florida. Read more.

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August 1, 2016
La Gaceta

It always seemed like a no-brainer that Reginald “Reggie” Garcia would get involved in politics and work within the legal system in some capacity when he grew up. After all, his father, Bernard “Skip” Garcia, was an influential Tampa campaign leader. His grassroots efforts and tenacity helped Malcolm Beard upset incumbent Ed Blackburn Jr. to […]

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July 17, 2016
2016 SAWCA Annual Conference: Medical Marijuana – Beyond the Obvious

Recreational marijuana has been legal in Colorado for 3 years now. Last year the marijuana industry in Colorado generated $996 million in revenue. This resulted in around $200 million in tax revenues for the state. While this may seem like a large number, it is really a very small percentage of the state budget. With […]

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March 25, 2016
Tallahassee Democrat Online: Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act is smart justice

The bipartisan Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015, of which Sen. Bill Nelson is co-sponsor, is an important step in making federal sentencing guidelines fit crimes.  While serving as a state executive clemency lawyer in Florida for more than 20 years, I've visited 30 Florida prisons, including the third largest federal women's prison in […]

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March 10, 2016
Tallahassee Magazine Book Review: Release from Prison Presents New Challenges

Of the approximately 1.5 million convicted felons in Florida, about 101,000 are housed in state prisons. Over the next 12 months, one-third of these individuals will be released. Some will obtain probation, but the majority will be expected to integrate immediately into society. Read more.

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March 1, 2016
The Florida Bar Journal: A book review by Carla M. Newman, Esq: How to Leave Prison Early: Florida Clemency, Parole and Work Release, by Reggie Garcia

How to Leave Prison Early: Florida Clemency, Parole and Work Release, by Reggie Garcia, is the ultimate user guide to navigate the State of Florida clemency, parole, and work release process. The author provides a narrative highlighting the processes in a simple yet informative fashion. The information contained within the book is especially helpful for […]

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November 10, 2015
Tallahassee Democrat: My View: Early release options exist for Florida inmates

Executive clemency is the governors power under the Florida Constitution to grant mercy. If the governor says yes, two members of the Florida Cabinet must also agree. If the governor says no, the application is denied, which can happen at any time for any reason. Since 1980, there have been 148 prison clemency commutations approved […]

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