After serving 15 months of a 30-month prison term, Jack Barfield was released from the Claxton Detention Center by Judge Ronnie Rahn after a Bryan County Superior Court appearance on July 15.
In March 2007, Rahn found Barfield guilty of two charges of felony vehicular homicide, among other charges, stemming from the April 2005 wreck that took the lives of Ginger Reagin and her 5-year-old son Garrett. Barfield was sentenced to serve 30 months in a detention center and 20 years probation. Barfield was also ordered by the judge to speak at area high schools about his situation.
Bryan County Schools Superintendent Sallie Brewer said she would not allow Barfield to do so in Bryan County, but he has regularly been speaking at schools throughout Georgia.
"His release has everything to do with good behavior," Murray said. "He’s been speaking at high schools, but the distance he’s been able to go has been limited. Now that he’s released, he will able to visit more schools. This could potentially help a lot more kids because, from all accounts, he’s made a big impact on the ones he has already spoken to. Jack is very remorseful and that’s clear to everyone he has come into contact with."
Barfield’s attorney, Lloyd Murray, said Rahn attended at least one of Barfield’s speaking engagements and was very impressed.
The prior stipulations of 20 years probation, 200 hours community service, suspension of his driver’s license and having to speak at schools are intact. And there is one added stipulation – Barfield, who has been accepted at East Georgia College, must "successfully complete a four-year secondary education degree program by fall semester 2012," according to the court order. It further states that he must "maintain a full academic load during this period of time and stay in good academic standing at all times."
Robin Barfield, Jack’s mother, said he will live at home with his parents during this time. She also said that several members of the Reagin family have come to support Jack after attending one of his speaking engagements.