Jerrel E. Phillips has lived most of his life in Florida. He graduated from Florida State University with a B.A. in German, Cum Laude in 1977. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He later attended the University of Maryland, School of Law in Baltimore, Maryland. There he earned his Juris Doctor degree in 1987. He has represented Florida’s death row inmates in post-conviction proceedings in Florida. He is also an advocate of progressive environmental policies that would protect Florida’s fragile ecosystem, devoting much of his current efforts to that cause. He and his family currently live in Florida.
Set in a small Florida town, Systemics centers around Mark Abramson, a once convicted high school dropout, who unwittingly finds himself charged with the murder of his former boss. The charge brings him face to face with what passes for justice in today’s criminal justice system when the life or death of the defendant is at stake.