Betty on the News: Jaycee Dugard Update: Officials at Fault
The California state government blasts parole officers for not having discovered Jaycee Dugard sooner.
-Margeaux Baulch Klein
For 18 years, Jaycee Lee Duard’s kidnapper, Phillip Garrido, successfully hid her away in his backyard compound, undetected by the parole officers who were required to visit the convicted sex offender several times each month. When she was finally discovered this past August, it left many to wonder, what took so long?
In a new report released on Wednesday, California Inspector General David Shaw made his thoughts clear on the subject by lambasting the state’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for missing many chances to discover Jaycee. Among the mistakes parole officers made were not investigating why there was a 12-year-old girl present inside Garrido’s home and why visible utility lines were running to the backyard.
“The department failed to properly supervise Garrido and missed numerous opportunities to discover his victims,” he said in a statement.
The report also points a finger at the state’s faulty GPS-monitoring system, saying it gave the public a false sense of security about the whereabouts of offenders and that parole agents routinely ignored instances when Garrido traveled outside of a 25-mile radius of his home or his monitoring device simply stopped working.