Newly Released Report Finds "Substandard" Supervision of Phillip Garrido by Federal Probation Office

By: Brian Shields - Fri, 08 Jul 2011 15:32:23 -0800

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) -- The federal courts system did a "substandard" job of supervising Phillip Garrido after the convicted sex offender's release from custody, a previously secret report from the judiciary's internal auditors finds.

Chief Judge James Ware says the report finds Garrido failed drug tests, violated terms of his release, and raised other red flags that should have prompted the probation office to take a closer look.

Garrido was under federal supervision on June 10, 1991 when he and his wife Nancy kidnapped then eleven year old Jaycee Dugard from her home in South Lake Tahoe.

"The AOUSC report concludes that the supervision of Mr. Garrido was substandard," Judge Ware writes in his introduction.  "The report notes that a California sex offender task force searched the house and grounds in July 2008 and did not find Jaycee Dugard and her children and the report questions whether greater diligence by the supervising officer would have uncovered their presence. We do not find comfort in such speculation. Because, as pointed out in the report, had Mr. Garrido’s federal supervision been conducted properly from the onset, it is possible that he may have been deterred from some of the acts now attributed to him."

The report finds that although Garrido qualified as a "high risk" offender, that the probation department didn't treat him that way.  

"Home contacts were rare," Judge Ware writes.  "Collateral contacts with neighbors and local law enforcement were never completed. Records indicate that the probation officer never verified that Mr. Garrido had registered as a sex offender as required by the state of California."

In September of 1989, about a year and a half before Dugard's kidnapping, Garrido's three women co-workers at a nursing home told probation officers they were afraid to be around Garrido but it took months before anyone followed up on that, the report finds.  Garrido also tested positive for drugs and submitted dilute sampes but it doesn't appear federal parole officers ever told anyone about the failed tests.

Ware says his court fired the Chief Probation Officer for Northern California after finding suggested reforms had not been implemented.

"If there is anything positive that can be derived from the awful circumstances revealed by this report, it is the report’s assessment of the District’s current Chief Probation Officer," Ware concludes.  "The report states that the new chief brought in well-qualified managers from other districts to fill the chief deputy and two assistant deputy positions. The new management team retrained all officers and supervisors in Judicial Conference policies and procedures for supervising offenders in the community. The Chief mandated that officers spend more time in the community. Standards were provided for supervision of high, medium and low activity cases, and internal audits were shared with the supervisors and officers."

Phillip and Nancy Garrido are now serving long prison sentences after pleading guilty to the kidnapping and rape of Jaycee Dugard.  The victim in the case is releasing a book about her experiences this month.

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