Missed Chances

Bla­tant fail­ings by law en­force­ment agen­cies meant that mul­ti­ple op­por­tu­ni­ties to res­cue Jaycee were missed

Real Crime - - Jaycee Dugard -

Gar­rido Is Re­leased

On 20 Jan­uary 1988 the US Pa­role Com­mis­sion agreed that Gar­rido was no longer a threat to the pub­lic and re­leased him from prison, after he had served only 11 years of a 50year sen­tence for the kid­nap­ping of Katie Call­away in 1976. Had Gar­rido been left to serve out his sen­tence he would not have been able to abduct and rape Jaycee.

Early Pa­role Ter­mi­na­tion

Gar­rido was granted an early ter­mi­na­tion of his pa­role on 9

March 1999. His pa­role agent wrote Gar­rido a let­ter thank­ing him for his “co­op­er­a­tion”. The de­ci­sion to ter­mi­nate his pa­role, made by the US Pa­role Com­mis­sion, was re­port­edly due to Gar­rido’s good behaviour on pa­role and clean record.

Cur­sory Check

After 1999, the Cal­i­for­nia De­part­ment of Cor­rec­tions and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ( CDCR) took over Gar­rido’s su­per­vi­sion, mak­ing up to 60 home vis­its be­tween 2000 and Au­gust 2009. Dur­ing some vis­its, pa­role of­fi­cers didn’t even re­alise that a young woman and her two young chil­dren were liv­ing on the prop­erty.

No Ac­tion Taken

A 2010 re­port from the Cal­i­for­nia At­tor­ney Gen­eral’s Of­fice re­vealed that on some oc­ca­sions pa­role of­fi­cers had seen and even spo­ken to Jaycee. De­spite the pres­ence of a mi­nor in the home of a con­victed sex of­fender, no ac­tion was taken against Gar­rido.

Wrong Clas­si­fi­ca­tion

The CDCR failed to cor­rectly clas­sify Gar­rido, given his his­tory as a vi­o­lent sex­ual preda­tor. As a re­sult of this mis­in­for­ma­tion, the de­part­ment failed to su­per­vise him ac­cord­ingly.

Warn­ing Dis­missed

In Novem­ber 2006, the Con­tra Costa Sher­iff’s Of­fice re­ceived a 911 call alert­ing them to the fact that Gar­rido had chil­dren liv­ing on his prop­erty. A rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the sher­iff’s of­fice vis­ited the house to talk to Gar­rido but left with­out look­ing inside the prop­erty.

Chil­dren Sighted

On 17 June 2008 a pa­role of­fi­cer noted that a 12- year- old girl ( one of Jaycee’s daugh­ters) was in Gar­rido’s home. Gar­rido said the girl was his brother’s daugh­ter. De­spite the pres­ence of a mi­nor in the home of the con­victed sex of­fender, the pa­role of­fi­cer failed to in­ves­ti­gate Gar­rido’s claims.

Miss­ing In­for­ma­tion

As is re­quired for a sex­ual preda­tor, the CDCR failed to ob­tain key in­for­ma­tion from fed­eral pa­role au­thor­i­ties about Gar­rido.

Poor Com­mu­ni­ca­tion

The CDCR failed to talk to neigh­bours or lo­cal pub­lic safety agen­cies about Gar­rido, de­spite his res­i­dence in the area and se­ri­ous con­vic­tions.

Miss­ing The Signs

Dur­ing vis­its, pa­role of­fi­cers of the CDCR failed to in­ves­ti­gate vis­i­ble util­ity wires run­ning from Gar­rido’s house to­wards the con­cealed com­pound where he was keep­ing Jaycee cap­tive.

Pa­role Vi­o­la­tions

At least once dur­ing his pa­role, in­for­ma­tion that Gar­rido had vi­o­lated his pa­role terms was passed onto the CDCR, which failed to take ac­tion against Gar­rido. This could have been an op­por­tu­nity to in­ves­ti­gate his home and find Jaycee.

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