August 20, 2019

By Reggie Garcia

Florida Phoenix: It’s called ‘the Department of Corrections’ not ‘the Department of Punishment’

When it comes to reforming Florida’s criminal justice system, “everyone’s generally for it – the question is what that means,” Tallahassee lobbyist and clemency attorney Reggie Garcia says.

Garcia is an expert on Florida’s clemency system. He wrote  “How to Leave Prison Early: Florida Clemency, Parole, and Work Release”  and a follow-up volume, “Second Chances.” The first book includes a discussion of a client Garcia represented for free who has served 33 years for a Tampa murder the evidence long has suggested he didn’t commit.

The Phoenix sat down for a chat with Garcia about his books and the climate for criminal justice reform. His remarks have been edited for length and clarity.

Read the full story on the Florida Phoenix website.

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