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Reggie Garcia has appeared on national network broadcast and cable television news programs, on Florida broadcast affiliate stations, on the radio and in magazines and newspapers discussing legal issues.



September, 2017
Tallahassee Democrat

Opinion: For deaf inmate Felix Garcia, justice could come next week
Reggie Garcia, My View
 
After 36 years incarcerated for a murder he so clearly did not commit, this Wednesday a deaf, innocent man will get another chance for parole. It’s time for a terrible injustice to finally be corrected.





August, 2017
Florida Politics

Advocates push for restoration of voting rights for ex-felons at Tampa Tiger Bay Forum
 
This summer, the Tampa Tiger Bay Club has bypassed its normal practice of asking politicians to come into its den. Instead, the civic-minded organization has invited speakers to discuss some of the pressing issues facing Florida.



“Executive clemency is the governor’s constitutional power to grant mercy,” said Reggie Garcia, a clemency attorney and lobbyist based in Tallahassee, explaining why the only way to change the law is to change the state’s constitution.




August, 2017
Tampa Bay Times

Tiger Bay panel: End permanent revocation of voting rights for convicted felons
 
A panel of elected officials and advocates including Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren argued in a forum Friday that Florida should end its practice of permanently revoking the voting rights of people convicted of felonies.

But getting that done, they said, will take a constitutional amendment given the reluctance of the state Cabinet and Legislature to act on the issue.

The American Civil Liberties Union has pledged $5 million help pass the measure, which could include paying signature gatherers — the only realistic way the requirement could be met, said panelist Reggie Garcia, a lawyer who specializes in clemency cases.





August, 2017
88.5 WMNF

State Attorney calls Florida’s ex-felon rights process a “poll tax”
 
Rep. Sean Shaw, D-Tampa, was among the speakers at an event, hosted by the Tampa Tiger Bay Club and the League of Women Voters of Hillsborough County, about restoration of voting rights. Other speakers are expected to include Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren; Tallahassee clemency attorney Reggie Garcia; ...







August, 2017
The News Service of Florida

Friday, August 18, 2017
 
VOTING RIGHTS AT ISSUE: Rep. Sean Shaw, D-Tampa, will be among the speakers at an event, hosted by the Tampa Tiger Bay Club and the League of Women Voters of Hillsborough County, about restoration of voting rights. Other speakers are expected to include Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren; Tallahassee clemency attorney Reggie Garcia; Desmond Meade, president and CEO of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition; and Joyce Hamilton Henry, regional development director for the ACLU of Florida. (Friday, noon, Ferguson Law Center, 1610 North Tampa St., Tampa.)







August, 2017
WCTV / WEAR / WJHG

Florida activists try to restore voting rights for non-violent felons
 
A proposed constitutional amendment to automatically restore the voting rights of non-violent felons is getting a boost.

The Florida Supreme Court has already approved the felons rights' amendment for the 2018 ballot. It must now gather more than 700,000 signatures to move forward.





August, 2017
Bay News 9

Ben & Jerry's backs Florida felon voting rights restoration
 
A sustained media campaign could change enough hearts and votes to propel the amendment to victory, according to some clemency reform advocates.

"There's Republicans, Democrats, independents who believe in second chances," said Reggie Garcia, a clemency attorney whose 2015 book, 'Second Chances,' helps felons navigate the rights restoration process.





July, 2017
WCTV

O.J. Simpson eyeing return to Florida once released
 
Florida is in a group of 30 states which regularly transfers prison inmates and parolees between their boarders. But, parole expert Reggie Garcia says with such a high profile figure, things could get tricky.





     
July, 2017
WFSU
Capital Report

Capital Report: 07-14-2017
 
One of Florida’s most experienced clemency case attorneys, Reggie Garcia, discussing his 2nd book, "Second Chances", describes the current system and its massive case backlog at the same time, as Tom Flanigan reports, a proposed constitutional amendment would grant automatic clemency to many non-violent felons.





March, 2017
WCTV
Law Call

Lobbyist - How Much Influence Do They Have
 
Attorney and Lobbyist Reggie Garcia appeared on Law Call to discuss Lobbyist and Our Goverment, as well as answer questions from citizens. During the show, Reggie explained what lobbyist are (some are attorneys, some are not), how lobbying affects the government and citizens, and more.





October, 2016
Tallahassee Democrat / USA Today

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 all the events by searching for #USATODAY2016.
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October, 2016
WCTV
Blog

Suspect pleads guilty in Dan Markel murder case
 
Luis Rivera has entered a plea deal in the murder of FSU law professor Dan Markel.

He was sentenced to 19 years in prison, which will run concurrently with another sentence he is already serving in federal prison.

Neighbor and close friend of Dan Markel, Reggie Garcia, shared his feelings about Rivera's plea deal and said, "Honestly, my first reaction was that seven years is awful low for the guy who rented the car, drove the car and provided the gun. But, I certainly trust our prosecutors that are clearly needing his help to convict more culpable co-defendants"




September, 2016
Capital News Service
Blog

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.




September/October, 2016
The Florida Bar Journal
Book Review

Second Chances:
Florida Pardons, Restoration of Civil Rights, Gun Rights and More

by: Reggie Garcia
Reviewed by: Carla M. Newman
 
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.




September, 2016
WCTV

TPD releases new reports in Markel murder case
 
The state attorney says no to more arrests in the murder of FSU professor Dan Markel. We told you about newly released documents in the case last night.

Police were seeking an arrest warrant for Markel's ex-brother in law and his girlfriend and say if they get more information they'll try again.

"You know, I think folks feel terrible that a man in his prime was struck down and two young boys are going to grow up without a father. So everyone wants answers," Garcia said.
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August, 2016
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August, 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 become the Hillsborough County sheriff in the 1960s. Skip also worked on the successful campaign of state Treasurer and Insurance Commissioner Tom O’Malley. Afterwards, Skip was appointed deputy fire marshal, working under four subsequent state treasurers.
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July, 2016
Safety National
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 tobacco, for every $1 in taxes collected there is $10 in costs to the system including healthcare and regulatory costs. Is marijuana producing a better ratio or is the costs of regulating legalized marijuana higher than taxes collected from its sale?




July 3, 2016
Cumulus Radio

Talk of Tallahasse with host Tammy Webb
 
Discussing Reggie Garcia's 2nd book - Second Chances - which aims to help ex-offenders get back on their feet.

The purpose... is to inspire and empower the reader by explaining the types of executive clemency available for convicted felons - including full and conditional pardons, restoration of civil rights (RCR), firearm authority and more - which can be granted by the four-member Florida Board of Executive Clemency comprised of the governor and members of the Florida Cabinet.





June 2016 Issue
WCTV

Suspect in Markel murder invokes "Right to Remain Silent"
 
Prosecutors say videos released last week show Garcia and Rivera following Markel in a green Prius the morning he was murdered and say a series of photos show them stopping at an ATM when they returned to Miami about eight hours later.

"You know, the irony is Professor Markel of all people would say they are presumed innocent," said Markel's neighbor, Reggie Garcia.

Garcia - a lawyer who spoke to Markel's law school class more than once - says he's glad to see the case moving forward.



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May/June 2016 Issue
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.



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May, 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 the U.S.



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March 2016 Issue
The Florida Bar Journal
Volume 90, No. 3, March 2016, p. 56


A book review by Carla M. Newman, Esq
Assistant State Attorney in the the Eighth Judicial Circuit of Florida
 
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 practitioners as it contains contact information for various agencies involved in the clemency, parole, and work release process as well as practical tips that the author has expounded from his own practice.



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December 2015
Laurenzana Press

Second Chances

Florida has more than 1.5 million convicted felons. These ex-offenders face many challenges: completing education or vocational training; getting state licenses and good jobs; and even obtaining approval to volunteer at schools, youth sports programs and for non-profit activities. The purpose of Second Chances: Florida Pardons, Restoration of Civil Rights, Gun Rights and More, is to inspire and empower the reader by explaining the types of executive clemency available for convicted felons -- including full and conditional pardons, restoration of civil rights (RCR), firearm authority and more -- which can be granted by the four-member Florida Board of Executive Clemency comprised of the governor and members of the Florida Cabinet.
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December, 2015
WTXL-TV

Author, Attorney Giving Ex-Inmates a 'Second Chance'
 
Attorney and author Reggie Garcia has penned another book: Second Chances: Florida Pardons, Restoration of Civil Rights, Gun Rights and More.

According to Garcia, Florida has more than 1.5 million convicted felons who often face challenges when they reenter the civilian world.

So Second Chances aims to help these ex-offenders get back on their feet.



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October, 2015
Capitol News Service / YouTube

Florida Death Penalty Rules Could Change
 
The United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday morning in a case that could have a huge impact in Florida.

Timothy Hurst was sentenced to death for a 1998 murder of his manager at a Pensacola Popeyes. Hurst tied the manager up and stabbed her to death in the freezer. A jury came to a 7-5 recommendation of the death penalty. Hurst is challenging the non-unanimous decision as unconstitutional.



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October, 2015
Capitol News Service

Florida Death Penalty Rules Could Change
 
Florida is the only state that allows non-unanimous death penalty recommendations from a jury nor does it require an explanation of factors. A judge then makes the ultimate decision.



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October, 2015
WCTV

Florida's Death Penalty Rules Could Change
 
Clemency attorney Reggie Garcia says the uncertainty puts a lot of people in limbo.

"400 Florida inmates which puts us second in the country on death row, so certainly, lawyers as well as the inmates and their families will be watching these decisions closely," he said.



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September, 2015
WLRN
Topical Currents

How To Leave Prison Early: Florida Clemency, Parole and Work Release
 
No one would want to be in such a dilemma . . . but what steps are taken to initiate a prisoner’s clemency, parole, work release . . . or a pardon?

Most likely, you’d never need such information, but the process is interesting. Each year, more than 30,000 individuals find a way out of Florida prisons. We speak with clemency attorney Reggie Garcia about his book, HOW TO LEAVE PRISON EARLY: Florida Clemency, Parole and Work Release.



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September, 2015
Bay News 9 / Central Florida 13

Advocates hope to get felon voting rights on 2016 ballot
 
In a drive that could have sweeping electoral implications, advocates for Florida's roughly two million convicted felons are working to place an amendment on the 2016 ballot that would reverse the state's policy against the automatic restoration of felon voting rights.

"To get on the ballot, usually, that can only be done with paid signature gatherers. And then, the Supreme Court would have to do a review before it even got on the ballot. So, frankly, I think it is a long shot for November 2016," said Reggie Garcia, a clemency attorney and author of the forthcoming book "Second Chances."



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Scheduled September 14, 2015
Florida News Service

Criminal Justice Issues Discussed
 
Tallahassee clemency and parole lawyer Reggie Garcia will speak to students and faculty at St. Petersburg College about criminal-justice, transition and re-entry issues. (St. Petersburg College, Downtown Campus, 244 Second Ave. North, St. Petersburg.)




September/October, 2015
Tallahassee Magazine
Life Agenda, Page 64

How To Leave Prison Early
 
Reggie Garcia's book "How to Leave Prison Early: Florida clemency, parole and work release" is mentioned in Tallahassee Magazine.



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August, 2015
Tampa Bay Times

SPC program aims to help citizens with criminal records
 
Tallahassee clemency and parole lawyer Reggie Garcia will speak September 14th to students and faculty at St. Petersburg College about criminal-justice, transition and re-entry issues.




August 2015
WSBB Radio
1230-AM and 1490-AM

How To Leave Prison Early
 
Florida clemency lawyer and lobbyist, Reggie Garcia, discussed his new book, "How to Leave Prison Early: Florida clemency, parole and work release" on WSBB Radio 1230-AM and 1490-AM, with Skip Diegel .




August 2015
The Walton Sun (Halifax Media Group)
Profile

How To Leave Prison Early
 
Florida clemency lawyer and lobbyist, Reggie Garcia, profile and review of his book, "How to Leave Prison Early: Florida clemency, parole and work release" appeared in the Walton Sun.




August 2015
The Ed Dean Radio Show / WMEL 1300
11 Florida Markets

How To Leave Prison Early
 
Florida clemency lawyer and lobbyist, Reggie Garcia was a guest on the Ed Dean Radio show discussing his new book, "How to Leave Prison Early: Florida clemency, parole and work release."

The show was broadcast on WMEL 1300 - AM on the Space Coast and syndicated to 11 Florida media markets.



 
July 2015
The Destin Log

How To Leave Prison Early: Florida lawyer pens book on clemency
 
President Barack Obama has been focusing on national prison reform in the past month, as he recently commuted 46 inmates serving federal prison sentences.

Now, Florida clemency lawyer and lobbyist, Reggie Garcia aims to bring that same message of reform to his home state with his new book, "How to Leave Prison Early: Florida clemency, parole and work release."

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July 2015
News 4 Jacksonville

Could out-of-state attorneys soon be allowed in Florida courtrooms?
 
Florida isn't seeing a shortage of lawyers by any means, but the more than 100,000 licensed Florida attorneys could be getting some company soon.

The bar will review a report recommending what's called reciprocity. The practice is already used in half of the country. The recommendations include a stipulation that an admitted out-of-state lawyer be in good standing and in business for five of the last seven years.

But not every attorney is excited about the possibility of more lawyers in the courtroom. Clemency lawyer, Reggie Garcia, said he is hesitant.

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July 2015
WTXL-TV
Sunrise

Neighbor Remembers Dan Markel
 
On the day before the one year anniversary of the murder of Dan Markel, Attorney Reggie Garcia, a neighbor and friend, talks with WTXLTV Sunrise.


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July 2015
Capital News Service

New Idea Could Bring More Lawyers to State
 

Clemency lawyer Reggie Garcia is hesitant. He says Florida's laws can be different than any other state.

"No offense to other states, but particularly our smaller states that don't have as many residents that don't have the same laws we do. Our legislature, as you know from covering them meets every year for 60 days, often more, those laws just change," said Garcia.

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July 2015
Tallahassee Democrat

After a year, still few clues in Dan Markel killing
 
"For three days the neighborhood was scared to death," said attorney Reggie Garcia, who lives there and spoke at two of Markel's law classes.

In the year since, not a week goes by that Garcia isn't asked by someone in hushed tones if he's heard of anything new on case. The fact that Markel taught at the prestigious public law school, had a distinguished career and was killed with such brutal swiftness at his home on a Friday morning make the case a universally compelling one, he said.

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July 2015
ABC / WTXL-TV
Midday Live

Local Lawyer Offers Advice on "How to Leave Prison Early"
 
A local lawyer is using his decades of experience to help families make sense of the complex legal system.

Lawyer and lobbyist Reggie Garcia turned author earlier this year with the release of How to Leave Prison Early: Florida Clemency, Parole and Work Release.

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June 2015
Context Florida

Reggie Garcia: Florida inmates should explore their early release options
 
With state prison and criminal justice reforms in the news, state inmates, their families and supporters, lawyers, and other advocates should be aware of early-release options and strategies. Florida has nearly 101,000 inmates in 56 major state prisons and numerous annexes and work camps.

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June 2015
Tampa Bay Times
News

Governor and Cabinet cut prison sentences for two in rare clemency action
 
In an uncommon demonstration of mercy, Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet agreed Wednesday to reduce the sentences of two men in prison, including one who had faced a life sentence for his role in a grisly murder in Pensacola more than a decade ago.

Since being elected in 2010, Scott, in his role on the state clemency board, had only agreed to commute one sentence before Wednesday. By comparison, former governors Charlie Crist and Jeb Bush reduced sentences 13 times and 22 times, respectively, according to Reggie Garcia, a Tallahassee attorney who has handled clemency cases in Florida for more than 20 years.


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June 2015
Cigar Dave Show
Legal Commentary

 
Legal Commentary on The Cigar Dave Show, a nationally syndicated radio talk program aired nationwide in 135 media markets

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May 2015
Fox 13
Special Report

Special Report: Florida Justice Uncovered
 
In a FOX 13 special presentation, chief investigator Craig Patrick and reporter Gloria Gomez team up and examine claims of justice gone wrong.

Part 1: Felix Garcia's quest for a new trial


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May 2015
Tampa Bay Times
Opinion

Column: Redemption and Release

With state prison and criminal justice reforms in the news, state inmates, their families and supporters, lawyers and other advocates should be aware of early release options and strategies. Florida has nearly 101,000 inmates in 56 major state prisons and numerous annexes and work camps.

A clemency commutation of sentence and parole are alternate paths to the same goal, which is to release the inmate early. Both involve compassion, redemption and forgiveness, and are the ultimate grant of a second chance. 
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May 2015
Pensacola News-Journal
Opinion

Viewpoint: Inmates should explore early release options

While clemency, parole and work release get more media attention and generate the most legal questions, there is another way to leave prison early: conditional medical release. The Florida Commission on Offender Review has the exclusive power to release a very sick inmate early. An inmate is eligible for consideration for release under the conditional medical release program when the inmate is determined by the department to be either permanently incapacitated or terminally ill. 
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May 2015
Tallahassee Democrat Online
Opinion

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 by seven governors. 
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May 2015
FOX 13

After 30 years, advocates seek new trial for deaf man

Thirty-two years ago, Felix Garcia took the stand, answering questions that he later said he couldn't hear or understand. He later said he was unaware that his own family accused him of murder.
 
"He was played as a patsy and played right into it," said Felix's attorney Reggie Garcia, who is not unrelated to Felix. "He's served 33 years in prison for a murder he did not commit."
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May 2015
Deaf In Prison
Article

How Fox News Became Involved with Felix

The day before Felix's parole hearing in November 2014, a photojournalist representing FOX News interviewed attorney Reggie Garcia and Pat Bliss, in his office.

FOX interviewed Pat at a station in Tampa and met Craig at the prison Friday morning, March 6th, to accompany the team for Felix's interview. It went very smoothly, Felix is so likable and impresses everyone that meets him.
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April 2015
The Florida Channel

Senate Banking and Insurance Committee 4/7/2015

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April 2015
Innocence Project
Event

Highlights for Steppin' Out 2015

The 4th Annual Stepping Out with the Innocence Project of Florida was held on April 16th at Mission San Luis in Tallahassee. The evening was filled with encouragement and hope. This really was a special time to be able to honor the exonerated and their families and look forward to what we would like to continue to accomplish in Florida.
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April 2015
WTXL Insiders / ABC 27

Legalizing Marijuana, Is it Just About Getting High?

According to Tallahassee Attorney Reggie Garcia, "The arguments against the constitutional Amendment was that there was a little bit of a catch all that gave doctors to much power and too much discretion, and I think if you look at Senator Brandes Bill 528, 19 very tight definitions, 8 specific diseases and 5 specific chronic symptoms so much less room for abuse."
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March 2015
Facing Florida TV Show

A new book that will help a captive audience.

Reggie Garcia, a Tallahassee lawyer with extensive experience in criminal appeals, talks about the book he has written, How To Leave Prison Early, a self-help guide for some people who really need help convicted felons. 

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March 2015
Capital Report

Reggie Garcia talks about Florida state prison reforms.

The goal of SB 2070 is to ensure safe functioning of our prison system and would develop and implement standards and impose an accountability system.   Making sure correction officers are well trained and well compensated is part of the solution.

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March 2015
The Florida Channel

Senate Banking and Insurance Committee 3/31/2015

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February 2015
The Wall Street Journal

Few Answers in Case of Murdered Law Professor

Seven months have passed since Florida State law professor Dan Markel was gunned down at his home in Tallahassee. Police there have yet to name a suspect or said why the legal scholar and father of two young children was targeted for murder.

Reggie Garcia, a local attorney from Mr. Markels neighborhood, told the paper that residents in the area regularly come up to him wondering if there are any breaks in the case.
 
"A week does not go by where someone doesn't ask me,"  Mr. Garcia said. "It breaks your heart. I drive by there every day."Read More

February 2015
WCTV

Grand Jury Blasts Consolidated Dispatch Agency

A Leon County grand jury criticized the Consolidated Dispatch Agency in its performance in three high profile shootings. Grand jurors reviewed several calls from the Dan Markel murder case, the FSU Strozier Library shooting and the Caracus Court shoot-out. Read More



February 2015
Herald Tribune / Lakeland Ledger

Few Florida prisoners get released

Over the past 18 years, a little more than 200 prisoners have been released from Floridas massive prison system for medical reasons.

Its a paltry number given the 100,000-plus inmate system and given that Floridas prisoners are an aging group.
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February 2015
News-Press.com

Self-help book makes life easy for felons

There are self-help books for just about everything nowadays, so a Tallahassee lawyer with extensive experience in criminal appeals has written one for some people who really need help convicted felons.
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February 2015
Tallahassee.com

Lawyer pens escape reading for Florida cons

In legislative lobbying or legal representation, your outcome pretty much depends on your income, how good an advocate you can find. Since not many felons, or their families, can afford great lawyers (if they could, they wouldnt need one), How to Leave Prison Early is a brief do-it-yourself guide to the system.

It was published this week by Reggie Garcia, who has more than 20 years experience in clemency, parole and work-release work. In only 103 pages, it offers just about everything an inmate needs except a hacksaw blade, a rat-tail file and something to throw the bloodhounds off the scent.
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January 2015
Amazon.com (Kindle Edition)

How to Leave Prison Early

Florida has nearly 101,000 inmates in 49 major state prisons and numerous correctional facilities called annexes and work camps.

A clemency commutation of sentence and parole are alternate paths to the same goal, which is to release the inmate early. Both involve compassion, redemption, and forgiveness, and are the ultimate grant of a second chance. To get either, you must convince elected or appointed officials that the inmate will never commit another serious crime. However, clemency and parole involve different decision-makers, rules and timeframes.

Here is the so-called secret sauce (the actual how-to steps to leave prison early), written by one of Florida's most distinguished clemency lawyers.
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December 2014
News at Six

Police body cams raise privacy, other issues

Tallahassee attorney Reggie Garcia believes the body cameras are a good idea, but could be create an issue with privacy.


December 2014
Florida Defender

Community Work Release in Florida Prisons: Good for Florida's Inmates and Taxpayers

Formally known as "community work release," it refers to the portion of the community release program that allows inmates to work at paid employment in the community while continuing as inmates of the facility where they are confined. It is commonly referred to as "work release," and it is the key transition and re-entry component of the broader "community release program" (CRP).
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December 2014
Online News

Police body cams raise privacy, other issues

Tallahassee attorney Reggie Garcia believes the body cameras are a good idea, but could be create an issue with privacy.

"To make a drug arrest, for instance, as they often do early in the morning. You know do we want to put kids' faces on TV. If we happen to catch people in various stages of undress," said Garcia.
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November 2014
FOX News

Supporters say man framed his deaf brother for murder; Florida parole panel to hear case


Attorneys Reginald Garcia and Pat Bliss speak to the Florida Commission on Offender Review on behalf of Felix Garcia on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, in Tallahassee, Fla.
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November 2014
Colorado Newsday

Deaf inmate claims he was framed for murder by his own sibling - but a third one comes forward to claim BOTH are guilty

The case of Felix Garcia - a deaf man serving a life sentence for a murder he says his brother framed him for - took an unexpected turn this week when a third brother arrived in court to say both his siblings are guilty.

Garcia's supporters insist he did not receive a fair trial in the 1981 murder-robbery of Joseph Tramontana, Jr. in Tampa, Florida, for which both he and his brother Frank are imprisoned.
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November 2014
WFSU News

Case Of Deaf Inmate Divides Two Families;
Questions Remain Decades After Murder

The high-profile case of a deaf inmate was the subject of lengthy debate Wednesday before the Florida Commission on Offender review. The panel heard perplexing, and at times emotionally-charged testimony before deciding whether to move up parole dates for two brothers convicted for a 1980�s murder.
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United Kingdom Daily Mail Online

November 2014
Daily Mail UK

Brothers at war: Deaf inmate claims he was framed for murder by his own sibling

The case of Felix Garcia - a deaf man serving a life sentence for a murder he says his brother framed him for - took an unexpected turn this week when a third brother arrived in court to say both his siblings are guilty.
 
Although Felix Garcia was given a hearing aid, and a courtroom speaker was turned up, lawyers say he still could not understand the proceedings at the murder trial.
 
"He is totally innocent," lawyer Reggie Garcia, who isn't related to the brothers, said. "Felix Garcia has an alibi before, during and after the murder."
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November 2014
Yahoo News

Deaf man: Brother framed me; 3rd brother disagrees

A deaf man serving a life sentence for murder was framed by his brother, supporters of the inmate insist, but in a surprise twist, a third brother showed up to a parole hearing Wednesday and said both his siblings are guilty.
 
Felix Garcia didn't receive a fair trial in the 1981 Tampa slaying for which both men are imprisoned, his advocates say. Garcia was given a hearing aid, and a courtroom speaker was turned up. But lawyers say he still couldn't understand the proceedings.
 
"He is totally innocent," lawyer Reggie Garcia, who isn't related to the brothers, said. "Felix Garcia has an alibi before, during and after the murder."
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November 2014
Florida Justice Association

Restoration of Civil Rights: Voting, Serving on a Jury & Getting Jobs

Convicted felons lose the rights to vote, serve on a jury and run for elected office.

In order to get these rights restored, a person must file an application for restoration of civil rights (RCRs) and be crime-free for at least !ve years to be eligible for approval without a hearing, and for the 35 most serious offenses be crime-free for seven years and must be approved at a hearing. ?

These waiting periods were approved by the governor and Florida Cabinet, serving as the Board of Executive Clemency (Board).
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Miami Herald
Fox News
The Republic
November 2014
Associated Press

Deaf Man: Brother Framed Me; 3rd Brother Disagrees

A deaf man serving a life sentence for murder was framed by his brother, supporters of the inmate insist, but in a surprise twist, a third brother showed up to a parole hearing Wednesday and said both his siblings are guilty.

"He is totally innocent," lawyer Reggie Garcia, who isn't related to the brothers, said. "Felix Garcia has an alibi before, during and after the murder."
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November 2014
ABC News

Deaf Man: Brother Framed Me; 3rd Brother Disagrees

Attorneys Reginald Garcia and Pat Bliss speak to the Florida Commission on Offender Review on behave of Felix Garcia on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, in Tallahassee, Fla.

Garcia, a deaf Florida man who supporters say was framed for murder by his brother has a chance to get out of prison. Garcia is serving a life sentence for the murder of Joseph Tramontana Jr. during a 1981 Tampa robbery.
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November 2014
Sunshine State News

Is Today the Day Felix Garcia Finally Receives Justice?

Felix was at his girlfriends mothers home six miles away when the crime was committed, said Reggie Garcia (not a relation), Felixs pro bono attorney, giving him a seven-hour alibi before, during and after the murder. Two people testified to that in court.
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November 2014
10 News

Deaf Tampa man claims innocence in 1981 murder case

33 years later, the Florida Commission on Offender Review listened to Garcia brothers' cases for parole Wednesday.

Pat Bliss and another attorney, Reginald Garcia, are fighting to exonerate Felix of a life sentence.

"What other cases do you have a seven hour alibi by two credible witnesses," Reginald said.
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November 2014
Capital News Service
online news

Deaf Inmate to Get Hearing

When emergencies strike Florida, a deaf interpreter helps deliver the message, but when Felix Garcia was charged with murder in 1981, he had little or no idea what was happening or what he was signing according to his attorney, Reggie Garcia (no relation).

No sign language interpreter at trial, which is very troubling because he didnt understand the proceedings. They gave him, quote unquote, a hearing aid and a loud speaker.
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October 2014
WNCT

Who is Dept of Corrections placing on work crews?

How did a state prison inmate walk away from a work crew, buy booze and cigarettes, and return? The Florida Department of Corrections isn't talking.

Florida clemency lawyer Reggie Garcia told 8 On Your Side, one question the state needs to answer is what a convicted burglar was doing on a crew that worked outside prison walls. 
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October, 2014
Tampa Bay Tribune

Corrections Department loses 2 years of emails in botched repair

Reggie Garcia, a Florida clemency lawyer, said paper copies often are kept in addition to e-mails for information including inmate behavior reports, job performance and education achievement.

But important documents could be lost, he said. To the extent important legal information is only kept in e-mail format, and I cant say for sure that it is, that is a major problem, Garcia said.

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Treasure Coast Newspapers
The Stuart News
Indian River Press Journal 
St. Lucis News-Tribune
Jupiter Courier Newsweekly
October, 2014
Treasure Coast online

Florida Department of Corrections admits to destroyed emails during Scott Crists

During Fiscal Year 2007, more than 30,000 incidents were reported to the department's inspector general's office, which represented a 53 percent increase over five years. Those reports include complaints against staff, inmate injuries, and escape attempts.

Reggie Garcia, a Florida clemency lawyer, said there are often paper copies, in addition to those in emails, of things such as inmate behavior reports, job performance or education achievement. But important documents could be lost.

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October, 2014
WCTV News

Medical Marijuana Presentation Creates Backlash

They do charity work throughout the community including helping with medical issues like vision and hearing loss.

But some members of the Tallahassee Lions Club didn't want to hear a presentation on the medical marijuana amendment on the November ballot.




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October, 2014
The Florida Bar News

News and Notes

Reggie Garcia of Reginald R. Garcia, P.A., in Tallahassee presented on executive clemency, parole, and state prison community work release to 200 defense lawyers at the Florida Public Defender Associations annual training conference in Miami.

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September, 2014
fnm logo    fnm logo

Florida NewsMakers: Experts Discuss Medical Marijuana

Medical marijuana is one of the hottest issues on Floridas November ballot, and on this weeks Florida NewsMakers program produced by Sachs Media Group, Trimmel Gomes hosts a debate featuring a pair of the top legal minds behind the campaigns for and against Amendment 2.

 
September 16, 2014
News

Who is Dept of Corrections Placing on work crews?

How did a state prison inmate walk away from a work crew, buy booze and cigarettes, and return? The Florida Department of Corrections isn't talking.

Florida clemency lawyer Reggie Garcia told 8 On Your Side, one question the state needs to answer is what a convicted burglar was doing on a crew that worked outside prison walls.
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September 16, 2014
7 stations

Two Months and No Answers

Friday will mark two months since Florida State University law professor Dan Markel was murdered. Reggie Garcia was a friend who lives in the same neighborhood.

I think theres an increasing feeling that every day that passes that you dont have an eyewitness or someone who saw the vehicle of interest, it makes it harder and harder to solve the case, said Garcia.

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September, 2014
10 News
online news

Escaped Inmate had 6 Felonies

Jason Adams, 27, escaped Monday from work detail in Lutz.

Reggie Garcia has visited Sumter County Correctional Institution several times. He says usually people with Adams' history don't get out of prison work privileges.

"I'm shocked and we're looking at his DOC rap sheet that he had a minimum custody classification and that he was even allowed to be on a work crew frankly with six felony convictions," he said.



September, 2014
10 News
online news

Inmate work detail procedures under review

Monday started off as a normal day for Sumter County Work Camp inmates. The crew was working along State Road 54 in Lutz, when 27-year-old Jason Adams took off.

"We've all driven by and seen work crews," said Tallahassee attorney Reggie Garcia. "Apparently his story was, 'Can I go into the woods to use the restroom?'"

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September, 2014
First Coast News
online news

Corrections officer resigns amid Fla inmate escape

Jason Adams, 27, escaped Monday from work detail in Lutz.

Reggie Garcia is an attorney who's worked with inmates in Sumter County before. He said usually people with Adams' history don't get work camp privileges.

"We've all driven by and seen work crews," he said. "Apparently his story was, 'Can I go into the woods to use the restroom?"


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September,  2014
Capital Dateline Online
Should We Pass the Medical Marijuana?

Reggie Garcia explains the purpose of Amendment 2.Read More
August, 2014
ABC News
Nightline

Transcript for 911 Call Released in Florida Professor's Death Investigation

Matt Gutman is tracking it. His killer studying his patterns of behavior, waiting for him in his driveway as he pulled in, and once in the garage, that killer firing a single shot into the driver's side. It had all the hallmarks of a contract hit. ABC news news learned exclusively that as Dan Markel pulled his black Honda accord into his driveway two Fridays ago, an assassin laid in wait. Read More
August, 2014
Freedom 93.3
Will Dance Radio Show

Ferguson, MO

Florida civil rights lawyer Reggie Garcia discusses the volatile situation in Ferguson, MO and suggests the Gov. appoint special state prosecutor. Everyone wants public safety, transparency and justice. Read More

August,  2014
Facing Florida
Medical Marijuana - Amendment 2

Tallahassee lawyer and lobbyist Reggie Garcia spoke about the upcoming vote for Medical Marijuana - Amendment 2 in a Facing Florida taping that aired in 6 markets August 16th and August 17th.

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Los Angeles, CA
August,  2014
Talk Radio Online
FSU Professor Was Talking on Cell Phone When Shooting Happened

A Florida State University criminal law professor was pulling into his driveway and talking on his cell phone when he was fatally shot, ABC News has learned exclusively.

Reggie Garcia, a friend of Markels, wondered whether Markels blog and other law endeavors could have motivated the attack.

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August,  2014
Today Show Weekend
Police Release 911 Call in Murder of FSU Professor

Police are continuing the search for the killer of a law professor at Florida State University, while officials answer to criticism that it took paramedics too long to get to the crime scene. NBCs Mark Potter reports. Video by: NBC News Read More


August,  2014
Headlines
911 Call Released in Murder Mystery of Law Professor Shot Dead

Officer Dave Northway told INSIDE EDITION, Our investigators do not believe this was a random act. We believe Mr. Markel was the intended victim in this case.

The 41-year-old Florida State University professor was a nationally recognized legal scholar. His friend, attorney Reggie Garcia, lives a block away. He said, I was shocked. Everyone who knew him was shocked. He had a good sense of humor. He was also a mild mannered law professor.
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July,  2014
Legal Commentary

CNN Headline News Live on the Jane Velez-Mitchell show. Florida lawyer Reggie Garcia, live from CNN studios in Miami, provides legal commentary on two stories.

Teens are lighting themselves on fire and posting on social media. Read More

  July,  2014
Above The Law
Updates On The Investigation Into The Killing Of Professor Dan Markel

As for other suspects related to Markels professional work, ABC News noted that he did receive threatening comments in 2012 from readers of his popular blog, PrawfsBlawg, and quoted a friend who wondered whether Markels writing and blogging could have played a role in the killing:
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Pacific Radio
Washington State
July,  2014
KONP News Radio

FSU Professor Was Talking on Cell Phone When Murder Happened

Reggie Garcia, a friend of Markels, wondered whether Markels blog and other law endeavors could have motivated the attack.

Is it possible his scholarship and literature created some enemies? Its as possible as any of the other scenarios, Garcia said.
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July,  2014

On The Case
Who murdered Harvard-educated law professor?

Markel was pulling into his garage and talking on his cell phone when he was shot, according to ABC News.

Emergency responders rushed Markel to a nearby hospital. The father of two was pronounced dead about 14 hours later, according to friend and neighbor Reggie Garcia. Read More
July, 2014
Freedom 93.3
Will Dance Radio Show

Medical Marijuana - Amendment 2

Tallahassee lawyer and lobbyist Reggie Garcia spoke July 29th about the upcoming vote for Medical Marijuana - Amendment 2  on Freedom 93.3 FM radio in Tallahassee. This is his third appearance on the popular Will Dance Show. Read More
July,  2014
NBC Today Show
Florida law professor found murdered in his car

Police are releasing new information on the murder of a well-known law professor at Florida State University hoping it will lead to his killer. NBCs Kerry Sanders reports.
  July,  2014
ABC Good Morning America
New Details Arise in the Murder of FSU Professor

Evidence shows that an alleged killer waited for Dan Markel to arrive home before shooting him in his own garage.
July,  2014
CNN Transcripts
Police release more details in FSU law professor's slaying

Was the killer somebody who knew Markel`s schedule? How did they know he`d be home between 10:00 a.m. and noon? The "Lion`s Den" is ready to debate. But first, I want to go to my special exclusive guest, Reggie Garcia. Read More
July,  2014
WCTV online
Incident Report for Markel Murder Released

The incident report that TPD released today is heavily redacted. We were able to learn some more information on the case.

According to that report, Markel was shot inside of his garage with no sign of forced entry.

Who would want this well-liked professor and divorced father of two young sons dead? "The law school's in mourning, the community is, and he's got friends all over the nation. Not to mention his two kids," said Reggie Garcia, a friend of Merkel's.
July,  2014

On The Case
Who killed popular professor Dan Markel?

Cops are searching for clues in the mysterious murder of Dan Markel, a well-liked law professor from Florida State University who was found shot to death in his home last week.Reggie Garcia, Dan's friend and neighbor, joins Jane for an exclusive interview.






July,  2014
WCTV online
Police Release Image of Vehicle of Interest

Investigators from the Violent Crimes Unit are continuing to follow leads in the investigation of Dan Markel's death.
July,  2014
CBS This Morning
Police declare Florida law professor Dan Markel "intended victim" in shooting

Dan Markel was shot in his Tallahassee home. Police are releasing little information, but investigators do not believe this was a random attack, CBS News correspondent Michelle Miller reports. .




 
July,  2014
interviews - 7 stations
Law School Slaying

The shooting death of an internationally known FloridaState law professor has many asking why? As Matt Galka explains, police are still looking for that same answer. Renowned law professor Dan Markel was gunned down in his home Friday. Attorney and neighbor Reggie Garcia says the world lost a great man olice declare Florida law professor Dan Markel "intended victim" in shooting .

July,  2014
WTXLTV
Neighbors and Friends Remember Dan Markel

Friend and neighbor Reggie Garcia is interviewed by WTXL TV. Tallahassee police say the Florida State University professor was the intended target when murdered at his home
July,  2014
WCTV online
Tallahassee police investigators are now saying professor Dan Markel's murder was not a random act.

Friend and neighbor Reggie Garcia said as he spoke in Markel's criminal law class twice. "The law school is in mourning, the community is, he's got friends all over the nation not to mention his two young kids," Garcia said.Read More
July, 2014
Tallahassee Democrat online
online news

Dan Markel, FSU Law Professor, was "intended victim"

"That's frightening on a whole different level," said Betton Hills resident Reggie Garcia. "But I guess it's somewhat partially reassuring to the community, who has a lot of seniors, a lot of kids, a lot of stay-at-home moms, a lot of business owners, that it is safe to be out and about." Read More
July, 2014
First Coast News
online news

FSU law professor was 'intended victim' of fatal shooting

Police quashed some speculation about Florida State law professor Dan Markel's shooting death, providing enough information to calm Betton Hills neighbors who thought they may be endangered. Read More
July, 2014
Tallahassee Democrat online
online news

TPD Chief DeLeo calls Markel shooting a "murder"

"The rumors are all over the map and the whole neighborhood is frustrated," said Markel's neighbor, Tallahassee attorney Reggie Garcia. "There's just radio silence from law enforcement, which could be strategic or it could be they don't know anything."

Garcia said investigators were still in front of the house Saturday morning. On Sunday, the street was quiet. Markel's home is about a half mile north of Betton Road. Read More
July, 2014
News Channel 7
online news

Murder of FSU Professor Under Investigation

"He was just a fun laid back guy, I mean not a lot of my professors brought me baked goods from their favorite deli in New York. You'll certainly hear this directly from the students but they loved him," Garcia said. Read More
July, 2014
News 4 Jacksonville
online news

Well-known, admired law professor shot, killed

Markel was apparently shot around 11 a.m. Friday. The Toronto native and Harvard graduate later died from his injuries. Police are saying this wasnt a random act of violence. Read More
July, 2014
Law Schools News Today
online news

Law School Slaying

The shooting death of an internationally known FloridaState law professor has many asking why? As Matt Galka explains, police are still looking for that same answer. Renowned law professor Dan Markel was gunned down in his home Friday. Attorney and neighbor Reggie Garcia says the world lost a great man Read More
July, 2014
Capital News Service
online news

Law School Slaying

Renowned law professor Dan Markel was gunned down in his home Friday. Attorney and neighbor Reggie Garcia says the world lost a great man. Read More
July, 2014
Tallahassee Democrat online
online news

Dan Markel's death, lack of information, frustrate neighbors

The rumors are all over the map and the whole neighborhood is frustrated," said Markel's neighbor, Tallahassee attorney Reggie Garcia. "There's just radio silence from law enforcement, which could be strategic or it could be they don't know anything.Read More
July, 2014
UPI
online news

Prominent law professor dies of gunshot wound

Reggie Garcia, a neighbor and lawyer who talked to Markel's students about clemency and parole, said people who live in the Betton Hills neighborhood were concerned because they have been given so few details about what happened. Read More
July, 2014
Freedom 93.3
Will Dance Radio Show

Federal Immigration Reform

Tallahassee lawyer and lobbyist RG spoke about the need for federal immigration reform July 11, 2014,  on Freedom 93.3 FM radio in Tallahassee. This is his second appearance on the popular Will Dance Show. Read More
May, 2014
News Channel 7
online news

Flood Insurance Coming to Florida Insurers

Florida lawmakers moved a step closer to allowing private insurers to write flood insurance in Florida. The move comes as efforts to roll back huge rate increases has stalled in Congress. But, plenty of questions still remain.

The legislation brought tough questions from Reggie Garcia of the Florida Justice Association. Lots of limitations. This is essentially unregulated rates. Read More
April, 2014
Deaf Awareness Day
Speech


Speech by Reggie Garcia on the steps of the Capitol ~ Free Felix Garcia.

Felix Garcia has served 32 years in prison for a murder he did not commit, because the trial court failed to provide adequate accommodations to make sure he understood what was being said.
April, 2014
The Miami Herald
newspaper

Letters to the Editor - Provide adequate defense to deaf defendants

The failure to accommodate deaf residents communication needs often results in severe and tragic consequences, including the failure to receive a proper education, higher rates of unemployment, medical misdiagnosis and the greater likelihood of wrongful conviction.

The case of Felix Garcia is a prime example of a terrible injustice that grew out of the systems failure to meet the critical needs of deaf Floridians. Read More
April, 2014
Sun Sentinel
newspaper

Opinion - Reggie Garcia: Let the deaf be heard

The case of Felix Garcia is a prime example of a terrible injustice that grew out of the system's failure to meet the critical needs of deaf Floridians.

Garcia, a deaf man, was framed and wrongly convicted of murder in a 1983. The trial court failed to provide adequate accommodations to make sure he understood what was being said. Read More
Pennsacola News Journal
April, 2014
Pennsacola News Journal Online

Viewpoint - Deaf Floridians Must Be Heard

For Floridas 3 million citizens who are deaf or hard of hearing, being heard and properly represented by the hearing world can mean the difference between life and death, success and failure, freedom and incarceration.

The failure to accommodate deaf residents communication needs often results in severe and tragic consequences, including the failure to receive a proper education, higher rates of unemployment, medical misdiagnosis and the greater likelihood of wrongful conviction. Read More
April, 2014
Florida Justice Association Online

Free Felix

Reggie Garcia is taking Felix Garcias case to the only people who can help: Governor Scott and the Florida Cabinet

Florida Justice Association member and long-time FJA lobbyist, Reggie Garcia, is working overtime to correct an injustice over three decades old. Upon learning the story of Felix Garcia, a deaf man who was framed for murder and denied a fair trial due to his handicap, Reggie signed on pro bono to help reclaim his freedom. Read More
April, 2014
Tallahassee Democrat Online

Reggie Garcia: Help deaf people be heard

For Floridas 3 million citizens who are deaf or hard of hearing, being heard and properly represented by the hearing world can mean the difference between life and death, success and failure, freedom and incarceration.

The case of Felix Garcia is a prime example of a terrible injustice that grew out of the systems failure to meet the critical needs of deaf Floridians.Read More
April, 2014
Lobby Tools
online

Citizens sinkhole repair bill heads to House floor

Legislation requiring Citizens Property Insurance Corp. policyholders looking to repair sinkhole damage to choose from vendors selected by the state-run company cleared the House Regulatory Affairs Committee on Thursday, it�s last stop before heading to the floor.

"(Citizens) spend millions and millions of dollars in litigation," said Reggie Garcia, lobbyist for the Florida Justice Association, a trial lawyer trade group. Read More
 
March 2014
The Florida Channel

House Insurance and Banking Subcommittee 3/5/2014

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March, 2014
Florida Today

Guest column: Scott, Cabinet should pardon deaf man

Today, Felix's case has rallied the attention and support of some big players: Pat Bliss, a retired paralegal, has been working to secure Felix's freedom for 17 years; Reggie Garcia, trial attorney extraordinaire, has taken on the case pro bono; Ballard Partners and Sachs Media Group have joined the team as pro bono advocates to see that the right thing is done. Read More
March, 2014
Sunshine State News

Though Deaf Floridians Can't Hear, They Must Be Heard

For Floridas 3 million citizens who are deaf or hard of hearing, being heard and properly represented by the hearing world can mean the difference between life and death, success and failure, freedom and incarceration. . Read More
March, 2014
Saint Peters Blog

Gov. Scott and Cabinet have a chance to do the right thing for Felix Garcia

Only six people in the past 10 years who were convicted on murder charges have had their sentences commuted. Theres a case making news this week, however, on which Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet should be aligned to right a big wrong.

Felix Garcia, a 52-year-old deaf Floridian whose brother and sister framed him for murder and have since admitted to doing so, has been behind bars for 32 years. . Read More
March, 2014
Tampa Bay Online

Politics

Felix Garcia is in prison for murder, his defenders say, in part because he did not want his hearing impairment to be mistaken for stupidity. Garcia, 52, is serving a life sentence for a August 1981 killing in a north Tampa motel room, the result of a drug robbery gone bad.

Despite an alibi that put him six miles away from the crime, Garcias defense suffered at trial because he read at a fourth-grade level and he didnt have a court-appointed sign language interpreter, according to his clemency attorney, Reginald Garcia. Read More
March, 2014
The Florida Bar News

News and Notes Issue 3/15/14 Page 14

Reggie Garcia of Reginald R. Garcia, P.A., in Tallahassee wrote a legal article titled Parole in Florida: What, Who, When and Why? that was published by the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in its Defender magazine.
 
February 2014
The Florida Channel

Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government 2/6/2014

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February, 2014
Freedom 93.3 FM Radio

Will Dance Show

Reggie Garcia appeared on 93.3 - FM Freedom Radio in Tallahassee to discuss federal communications issues, and state criminal justice and insurance issues. This was his first "guest debut" on the Will Dance Show, heard 6 - 9am weekdays in Florida's capital city. 
February, 2014
The Florida Current

Insurance

Sen. Jeff Brandes bill attempting to encourage private insurance companies to offer flood coverage to homeowners passed through another Senate panel Thursday, but the measure has a longer journey to the Senate floor.

Reggie Garcia, lobbyist for the Florida Justice Association, a group representing trial attorneys and consumers, urged the committee to expand the definition of a flood in the bill to include liquefaction of soil, so that exceptions to covered events in federal policies are covered in the new private flood policies.  
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February, 2014
Tampa Bay Online

Politics

A contentious sinkhole repair bill finally passed muster with a Senate panel, which cleared it on Tuesday.

Trial-lawyer interests and others continued to point out the bills flaws. Among those, they say, it requires specific performance as a remedy for faulty repairs.

That means that the original contractor has to go back and fix his own bad work, instead of allowing the homeowner to get money damages and find someone else. You dont get to hire your own contractor, said Reggie Garcia of the Florida Justice Association. If youre the homeowner, youre stuck.  
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February, 2014
The Florida Current

Insurance

Homeowners insured by state-backed Citizens Property Insurance Corp. would not be able to choose their own contractors or neutral contractors to fix sinkhole damage to their homes in a bill that passed through the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee on Tuesday.

Reggie Garcia, a lobbyist for the Florida Justice Association, a group representing trial attorneys and consumers, said the bill isnt needed because legislation passed in 2011 (SB 408) already rolled back many protections for homeowners and allowed Citizens to only cover catastrophic sinkhole damage in their basic policies.  
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January, 2014
Tallahassee Magazine

Agenda

Tallahassee lawyer and lobbyist Reggie Garcia was recently elected to the Economic Club of Floridas Board of Directors, and appointed chairman of the membership committee. The E.C.F. is a leading forum for distinguished speakers on issues of the day. To date, there have been at least 456 distinguished speaker programs in Tallahassee.
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January, 2014
Florida Defender

Parole in Florida:  What, Who, When and Why

Though once a prominent feature of Florida's criminal justice system, parole's phase-out began in 1983 when the Florida Supreme Court promulgated the sentencing guidelines which became applicable to all felonies, except capital felonies, committed after October 1, 1983.
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December, 2013
Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists

FAPL "Members in The News"

Reggie Garcia wrote an exclusive article for the Tampa Bay Times headlined Florida Should Restore Option of Parole.
December, 2013
Tampa Bay Times

Florida should restore option of parole.

For more than 20 years, parole has been little more than an afterthought in Florida's criminal justice system, and it was abolished altogether for crimes committed after October 31, 1995.
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December, 2013
Tampa Bay Times Online

Florida should restore option of parole.

Between January 2010 and December 2012, only 135 inmates were granted parole after 629 were considered. And parole sentencing is also re-emerging as a key legal and policy issue in Florida, triggered by questions surrounding juvenile felony sentencing and constitutional rights under the Eighth Amendment. Read More
November, 2013
The Florida Bar Daily News Summary

Criminal Justice Issues:  Florida must look at parole in new ways

Column by lawyer and lobbyist Reggie Garcia. He represents clients in parole, executive clemency and other criminal justice matters before Floridas executive and legislative branches. "Though parole once was a prominent feature of Floridas criminal justice system, its phaseout began in 1983, when the state Supreme Court established sentencing guidelines that applied to all felonies, except capital felonies . . Read More
November, 2013
Tallahassee Democrat Online

Florida must look at parole in new ways

Why should we even consider parole? Some inmates are innocent and were wrongfully convicted; others had minor roles in the crimes they committed and obtained long sentences that were disproportionate to their co-defendants. Read More
October, 2013
Fort Report Online

Parole in Florida:  what, who, when and why?

There are still 5,107 inmates serving time in the State of Florida for felony convictions who are eligible for parole. Most of these inmates have received life sentences and are required to serve a minimum of twenty five years before becoming eligible for parole. Read More


September 28, 2013
WCTV The Usual Suspects

Reggie  Garcia on Channel 6 - WCTV's TV show the "Usual Suspects",  one of North Floridas and South Georgias premier political talk shows, airing in 38 counties.  



 Click here to view Parts 1 & 2
Click here to view Parts 3 & 4

    
  September 18, 2013
Tallahassee Democrat
Outside Review Needed at TPD

The shocking video of Christina Wests arrest shows two Tallahassee Police Department patrol officers engaged in, at best, gross negligence under civil law, and at worst, a battery or aggravated assault under criminal law. Read More
  July 21, 2013
Tallahassee Democrat
Watch a panel discussion of the Zimmerman case featuring retired Judge Janet Ferris and attorneys Reginald Garcia and Chuck Hobbs, along with FAMU student body president Anthony Siders. Democrat associate editor Byron Dobson moderates.
July 17, 2013
WCTV Channel 6 - CBS Affiliate
article and video
There's a new effort to protect Florida homeowners.

"Florida law right now is a little tilted in favor of the insurance companies," said Reggie Garcia of the Florida Justice Association.  Garcia addressed the "Homeowners' Policy and Claims Bill of Rights Working Group" currently tackling this issue. Read More
May 2013
The Palm Beach Post
One of only 11 states in the U.S. that does not automatically return civil rights to former inmates, Florida had not restored the rights of 1.3 million former inmates as of 2010.

Lawmakers passed CS/SB 146 sponsored by state Sen. Chris Smith, D-Oakland Park, which states that a state agency may not deny an application for a license, permit, certificate, or employment based on the applicants lack of civil rights.

Reggie Garcia, a Tallahassee lawyer who has represented clemency applicants for 19 years, applauded the greater opportunities for employment.  "Lawmakers passed CS/SB 146 sponsored by state Sen. Chris Smith, D-Oakland Park, which states that a state agency may not deny an application for a license, permit, certificate, or employment based on the applicants lack of civil rights. Read More
February 2013
FlaLawOnline
Criminal Justice Center hosts lunch with clemency attorney.

A Clemency Attorney on a Mercy Mission, takes place at noon in the Martin H. Levin Advocacy Center. Topics to be discussed include why clemency matters to clients; restoration of civil rights; Read More
 
November 2012
Florida Bar News
News and Notes
Reggie Garcia of Reginald R. Garcia, P.A., in Tallahassee published an article titled Release of Nonviolent Offenders Can Be Smart Justice in the summer edition of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Defender magazine. A shorter version was published as an op-ed column by seven Florida newspapers.
Florida Trend 
October 2012
Florida Trend

magazine

Mercy Mission - Reggie Garcia helps convicted felons get their rights back.
The 30,000 to 35,000 felons released from prison each year in Florida who have been convicted of felonies can't vote.  They can't serve on a jury.  They can't run for office.  They will encounter difficulties in obtaining state or federal licenses, security clearances, government contracts and gun permits.  The only way to get these rights restored is to apply for clemency, a process with new rules implemented last year by Gov. Rick Scott.  Reggie Garcia is a Tallahassee clemency lawyer.   Read More
August 2012
Tampa Bay Times ~ Miami Herald ~ Politifacts
newspaper ~ online
ACLU says Rick Scott "won't tell" 13,000 ex-felons that they can vote
Garcia said Crists initiative was well publicized and that if someone wants to become a voter, the ex-felon could make an effort to get in touch with the parole commission.

"I dont think it's Gov. Scotts fault that the (commission) has now tried at least two, maybe three times, that (they) cant reach 20 percent of the people because of passage of time, mobility, change of addresses,"
he said. Garcia also said it's not unusual for someone leaving prison to change their address multiple times within their first year of leaving prison.Read More
 



July 2012
Florida Defender
magazine
Early release of non-violent offenders can be  "smart justice"
Governor's veto cites "Unwarranted Exception" to 85% sentence law.  HB 177 passed the house 40-0 and the House of Representatives 112-4...
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July 2012
Op-Ed
published in: The Tampa Tribune
newspaper 
State rejects chance for "smart justice"
In what could have been the ultimate "pilot project" for less than 400 inmates (out of 100,000 in state prison), the Republican-led Florida Legislature passed a bill to help "nonviolent offenders" who are substance abusers reenter society.
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July 2012
Op-Ed - State rejects chance for "smart justice"
published in 5 newspapers: Daytona Beach News-Journal / Ft. Myers News-Press / Gainesville Sun / Ocala Star-Banner / Tallahassee Democrat / Voice (an online publication)
newspaper / online
The Daytona Beach News-Journal - Cutting state's prison population benefits justice and budgets
The Gainesville Sun -
Reggie Garcia: A "good start" bill falls short
Ocala.com (special to the Star Banner)
- Missed Opportunity for "smart justice"
Tallahassee Democrat - Reggie Garcia: Early release part of "smart justice"
Florida Voices - Early Release of Non-Violent Offenders Can Be Smart Justice
May 2012
Tampa Bay Times
newspaper
7,000 felons purged from voting rolls
"It's good news that only 7,000 voters committed new crimes out of almost 11 million voters statewide," said Reggie Garcia, a Tallahassee lawyer and clemency expert. "It's bad news that they are disproportionately African-American, Democrat and presumably males."
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March 2012
Tampa Bay Times
newspaper
Pardon comes, finally, after 6 years
As a young man living in St. Petersburg three decades ago, Larry Wood made a couple of bad mistakes. He has spent the past six years trying to clear his name.
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  November 2011
UF Law

magazine
Official mercy
Its the job of Reggie Garcia (JD 85) to win for his clients the rights and freedoms that no judge or jury can grant.  There are six general criteria, some rules of procedure, but no rules of evidence, the Tallahassee lawyer explained. Its half law and half lobbying. Its more about equity and common sense. Garcia is adept at guiding...
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  November 2011
Miami Herald
newspaper
Backlog of Florida Clemency Cases Grows
TALLAHASSEE Desmond Meade served time for cocaine possession and aggravated battery, but turned his life around and overcame the drug and alcohol addictions that forced him to live on the streets of Miami. Seven years after walking out of state prison, Meade, 44, is in law school and helps run a halfway house for addicts. But what he wants most he cant get: full citizenship and the right to vote. Meade is one of 89,833 people waiting to have their civil rights restored by Gov. Rick Scott and three statewide elected Cabinet members. Hes in for a long wait. Under new rules Scott...
 
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  September 2011
Prison Legal News
online

Florida Reenacts Reconstruction-Era Felon Disenfranchisement Rule

According to a study released by the Florida Parole Commission in July 2011, former offenders who had their civil rights restored were less likely to return to prison. The Commission examined 31,000 released prisoners from 2009 to 2010, and found around 11 percent of those who regained their civil rights were re-incarcerated. In contrast, the recidivism rate for ex-offenders who did not have their civil rights restored was about 33 percent.

"This report shows clemency is working very well, as 89 percent of convicted felons granted a second chance have not re-offended," observed Reggie Garcia, a Florida attorney who assists ex-felons seeking restoration of their rights.
 
  September 2011
Fort Myers News Press
newspaper

New Law will assist felons...
On September 13, 2011- Reggie Garcia was featured in the Fort Meyers News Press. Florida taxpayers would be shocked to learn 102,000 inmates reside in our state prison system, untold thousands more in federal prisons and county jails, and 153,000 felons on criminal probation. Why should Floridians pay attention to clemency laws? Well, besides the public safety concerns and taxpayer costs, Floridians have a vested interest to assist felons who want to re-enter society become law-abiding citizens and ensure they stay on the straight and narrow path. One way to assist felons, known as...
 
August 2011
Witness LA
Blog

FLA TOUGHENS LAWS AGAINST FELONS - AND HARMS PUBLIC SAFETY RATHER THAN THAN HELPING IT

A new study in Florida found felons who successfully get their rights back tend to stay out of prison. But such pesky facts have not fazed FLA legislators who have recently made it harder for a felon to regain these rights.

"This report shows clemency is working very well, as 89 percent of convicted felons granted a second chance have not re-offended," said Reggie Garcia, a Tallahassee lawyer who has helped felons navigate the complicated clemency process for the past 17 years.
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August 2011
The Sentencing Project News
online
Spotlight: Parole Commission Report Counters Tough Policy on Restoring Voting Rights
  August 2011
Sun Sentinel
newspaper
Clemency, new law will assist felons in new life
Floridians have a vested interest in assisting felons who want to re-enter society, become law-abiding citizens and ensure they stay on the straight-and-narrow path. Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet recently approved new clemency rules to require specific waiting periods to restore civil rights of felons and to enforce a strict 10-year waiting period for full pardons. Clemency approval will assist felons in obtaining certain jobs, state licenses, bonds, government contracts and/or security...
 

  August 2011
Reggie Garcia Talks Clemency - Quoted in Miami Herald and St. Petersburg Times
newspaper 
On August 6th & 7th, Reggie Garcia was quoted on the recent Florida Parole Commission study regarding clemency restoration of civil rights:

This report shows clemency is working very well, as 89 percent of convicted felons granted a second chance have not re-offended, said Reggie Garcia, a Tallahassee lawyer who has helped ex-felons navigate the complicated clemency process for the past 17 years.
  August 2011
Tallahassee Democrat
newspaper 
New Law will assist felons...
Floridas law-abiding citizens and taxpayers would be shocked to learn there are 102,000 inmates in state prison and thousands more in federal prisons and Floridas 67 county jails. Another 153,000 felons are on community supervision, commonly known as criminal probation....



August 2011
WTXL Channel 27 - ABC Affiliate
television
During August 2011, Reggie Garcia was interviewed by Channel 27 WTXL ABC Affiliate on the states new policies concerning clemency.


July, 2011
Jacksonville Daily Record
news
OIR hears merits of proposed medical-malpractice buyout
Regulators dug Thursday into the proposed sale of Florida's largest medical-malpractice insurer, with supporters saying the deal won't threaten competition in the market.

The $363 million deal would marry two major players in the medical-malpractice industry. The Doctors Company, a California-based firm that is the nation's largest insurer of doctors, would buy Jacksonville-based FPIC Insurance Group, the top insurer in Florida.
 
May 2011
Florida Defender
magazine
Florida Executive Clemency - Seeking Mercy and Justice for Convicted Felons
Florida Governor Rick Scott and the three state-wide elected members of the Florida Cabinet, actiing as the Board of Executive Clemency ("the Board") unanimously approved new clemency rules effective March 9, 2011......
 
Fall 2010
Florida Defender
magazine
Restricted "Employment Purposes Only" Driver's License Now an Option for Certain Multiple DUI Offenders
Legislature Creates "Hard Path Back" to Increase Public Safety...


January 2010
Tallahassee Bar Bulletin
Members in the News
Reggie Garcia presented on Florida's Clemency laws and rules to the Florida Conference of Black State Legislators Issues Conference in Orlando discussing full pardons, restoration of civil rights, and prison commutations. He spoke November 20, 2009, during the Corrections and Juvenile Justice panel which included Florida Secretary of Corrections (and former TPD chief) Walt McNeil and other criminal justice experts.
March, 2008
Dateline NBC
Inside Dateline

A new normal at the Church of the Razor Wire

Carol Kent grew up the daughter of a preacher. Religion has always been her touchstone. That and her love of family. But this devoted Christian doesn't go to church on Sundays anymore.

Carol and her husband have a new Sunday ritual. They still put on their best clothes and pile into their car, minds filled with anticipation for what is ahead. When they arrive, they might chat with their fellow congregants, and nod to the staff as they take their places. But instead of a church, their new Sunday destination is a Florida prison. Their pews are plastic chairs, the congregants are visiting families, and the staff pack guns. Carol calls it the Church of the Razor Wire. Read More
  December 2007
Tallahassee Bar Association Bar Bulletin
magazine
Featured,  Member in the News. recogniing publication of Clemency article. 
  October 2007 and November 2007
Hillsborough County Bar Association Lawyer
magazine
Author, Clemency 101: Seeking Justice for Felons
Fall 2007
Florida Defender
magazine
Author, Clemency 101: Seeking Justice for Felons
  September 2007
Florida Justice Association Journal
magazine
Author, Clemency 101: Seeking Justice for Felons
January 2007, July 2007
The Fort Report
online
Author, Clemency 101: Seeking Justice for Felons
December 2005
NPR Radio
online
Florida toughens law on pirate radio.

A new law in Florida makes operating a pirate radio station a felony carrying a five-year prison sentence.
  September 1998
Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers Journal (now Florida Justice Association)
magazine
Author, Summary of 1998 Auto PIP Insurance Law
  June 1990
The Florida Bar Journal
magazine
Author, Government Lawyer Committee Summary 
   

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