Blatant failings by law enforcement agencies meant that multiple opportunities to rescue Jaycee were missed
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As is required for a sexual predator, the CDCR failed to obtain key information from federal parole authorities about Garrido.
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.
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.