Report: Parole Officers Failed Jaycee Lee Dugard

November 5, 2009

(ChattahBox)—A scathing report released yesterday by California’s Inspector General David Shaw, blasts the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for its multiple and continued failures to detect Jaycee Lee Dugard in her kidnapper’s backyard, despite numerous missed chances. Dugard’s kidnappers, Phillip Garrido, a convicted sex offender on parole and his wife Nancy Garrido, were able to evade authorities and pass visits by parole officers for nearly two decades, while Dugard and the two children fathered by her kidnapper, remained hidden in a squalid backyard compound.

During the 18-years Dugard and her two daughters were held captive, Phillip Garrido was supposedly subjected to strict monitoring by parole officers. Despite wearing a GPS-linked ankle bracelet that tracked his movements, repeated visits with his parole officer, surprise home visits and random drug and alcohol tests, Dugard remained his captive, undetected by authorities.

Shaw said in his report:

“Our review shows that Garrido committed numerous parole violations and that the department failed to properly supervise Garrido and missed numerous opportunities to discover his victims.”

“Despite numerous clues and opportunities the department, as well as federal and local law enforcement, failed to detect Garrido’s criminal conduct, resulting in the continued confinement and victimisation of Jaycee and her two daughters.”

The missed opportunities and clues should have raised suspicions of even untrained individuals, such as clearly visible utility wires running from Garrido’s house to the backyard, and the presence of an unexplained 12-year-old girl during a home visit, in a sex offender’s home that was brushed off.

Authorities also failed to properly classify Garrido as a sex offender. Phillip Garrido was released from prison, after serving only 11 years of a 50-year sentence for rape. Soon after, he abducted Jaycee Lee Dugard in 1991, when she was 11-years-old.

The Dugard family issued a statement following the release of the report, stating that they hoped the State of California would fix the multiple failures of the parole system:

“The inspector general’s report clearly sets out many missed opportunities to bring a much earlier end to the nightmares of Jaycee. “We expect that the appropriate authorities will take the necessary action to ensure this never happens again.”



2 Responses to “Report: Parole Officers Failed Jaycee Lee Dugard”

  1. Old Man Dotes on November 5th, 2009 3:39 pm

    There’s a cheap and easy fix for the parole system. Violent criminals should never be paroled, period. In spite of all the namby-pamby feel-good fake science put forward by socialogists and ivory tower psychologists, the rate of recidivism is so high as to make parole the equivalent of giving a loaded gun to a baby; *someone* is going to get hurt again.

    On the other hand, we have lots of people in prison for non-violent crimes. Go figure.

  2. lfabris on November 5th, 2009 6:45 pm

    I think we all failed jaycee — if more of his associates/neighbors knew he was an offender, could she have been found sooner? according to this article, there is no excuse for any of us not knowing our neighbors.

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