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.