Calif. Parole Bungled Jaycee Case

Watchdog says Dugard could've been found long ago
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 4, 2009 3:58 PM CST
Phillip Garrido is seen with his attorney, Susan Gellman, during a court appearance at the El Dorado Superior Court in Placerville, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009.   (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

(Newser) – Jaycee Lee Dugard could have been found and Phillip Garrido put behind bars much sooner if California parole officials had done their jobs properly, a report by a state prison monitor says. For starters, authorities did nothing when Garrido’s electronic monitor showed he’d traveled further from his home than permitted. Because of his violent history, Garrido should’ve received attention from officials, says Inspector General David Shaw’s report.

Instead, parole agents seemed to go out of their way to ignore red flags. Officers didn’t explore utility wires or other physical clues to the backyard compound where he was keeping Dugard and her daughters captive, even after one agent encountered a young girl at the house on a routine visit, the LA Times reports.