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Report Blasts Phillip Garrido Parole Supervision

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By Kamika Dunlap on November 05, 2009 3:00 PM

Jaycee Dugard was allegedly abducted, sexually abused and held captive for 18 years in a concealed compound at the back of residence of convicted sex offender Phillip Garrido.

Now, a new report released by a governmental watchdog agency blasts parole officials who missed repeated opportunities to discover Dugard and Garrido's other victims.

The 45-page report by the California Inspector General's Office lays the blame on the state's department of Corrections, saying it repeatedly failed to supervise and train the agents responsible for Garrido.

It points out that if state parole agents reviewed Phillip Garrido's federal parole file when they took over his supervision in 1999, they would have known his property near Antioch didn't end at the backyard fence.

In addition to the heavy criticism of state parole officials, it discloses significant weaknesses in the department's GPS monitoring program.

Garrido was convicted in the 1976 kidnapping and rape of a South Lake Tahoe woman, and served more than a decade in federal prison. He was under federal parole supervision in the decade following his release in 1988 -- the period of time when Dugard was abducted at age 11, taken to Antioch California and gave birth to the two daughters authorities say Garrido fathered.

Garrido and his wife, Nancy, have pleaded not guilty to 29 counts related to 1991 Dugard's abduction, rape and imprisonment.

Amongst other conclusions, the Inspector General Office's report found that over a 10 year period, of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation's parole division:

  • Ignored opportunities to determine Garrido's parole violations;
  • Missed opportunities to discover Garrido's three victims by failing  investigating visible utility wires running from Garrido's house to the concealed compound on his property;
  • Failed to recommend Garrido for mental health assessment;
  • Failed to train parole agents to conduct home visits; and
  • Failed to investigate further when a 12 year old girl was seen at Garrido's home during a home visit.

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