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FOIA request still leaves vital info boxed up in Garrido case. Keep on trucking, reporters!

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More in this case:  The public wants answers.  Are we going to get them?  Will Media even get them?

I wanted to quickly post some recent data released about the parole history of Mr. Garrido, and HOW did they “not notice” what was going on in that back yard?   The act of requesting public records IS a good habit.  Even if some are withheld, the withholding is itself a piece of information.

 

For those who may wonder why i continue posting on this case — the “we never knew” aspect also applies to domestic violence cases.  Women face this all the time in reporting, as did I.  Eventually, a situation is “stablized,” i.e., the cycle or standard of total control of another person’s life, either economically, physically, mental intimidation, or physical threat.  Or, the person reaches out and help ain’t there.  Over time, the reaching out gets onerous, and the constant analysis of HOW TO detach absorbs the vital energies used just to live.

 

That’s why.  I also have experienced having my kids stolen on an overnight, as I’ve said repeatedly here.  Somehow, if two parents are involved, it’s not taken as seriously.  I have serious, serious, questions about how, AFTER a neighbor reported, STILL nothing was found. If these questions are answered adequately, perhaps, the next time, it might not be 18 years, or might not happen.  Period.  To me, the moral in this story is that many creeps and offenders can perform well when there’s a motive.  On the other hand, I’m sure there are people who do go to prison and repent, change, and I have spoken to some of these.  But when it comes to kidnapping, rape, and sex offenses combined with prior domestic violence, PLUS then some drug offences?  Give me a break!  I think that the presence of a woman in the home (Nancy Garrido) put some people’s guard down — OR (what I’m more concerned to learn) perhaps there was complicity.

Kidnapping initially isn’t that easy.  But keeping a person concealed, and identity change takes some real manipulation.  Another alert would be, a pattern of lies, or a pattern of only associating with certain groups of individuals.  For example, botht he print shop and the auto detail — it seems to me (??) these were somehow related to Mr. Garrido’s religious rants, so-called.  Or, he exploited connections with them.  

 

The Apology Heard Across the Country

Costra County Sheriff Warren E. Rupf Apologizes For Mistakes In Jaycee Dugard Kidnapping Case

(NYT article — case is in California) . . .08/28/2009  

Kidnapping Victim Was Not Always Locked Away

Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/08/28/costra-county-sheriff-war_n_271710.html

Makeshift tents and other structures where Jaycee Dugard was held in the backyard of the home, at far left, of Phillip and Nancy Garrido in Antioch, Calif.

By JESSE McKINLEY and CAROL POGASH (08/28/09)

SAN FRANCISCO — About a year ago, Ben Daughdrill drove to the home of Phillip Garrido near the Bay Area suburb of Antioch to check on a printing job he had hired Mr. Garrido to do.

 

Mr. Daughdrill was met by a polite young woman with blonde hair who Mr. Garrido had said was his daughter Allissa.

“She was the design person; she did the art work; she was the genius,” Mr. Daughdrill said.

Mr. Daughdrill said that he had regularlyexchanged e-mail messages and even spoken on the phone with Allissa, but that she had never hinted at her real identity or at the secret of her life with Mr. Garrido.

The woman, in fact, was Jaycee Dugard, the authorities say, and on Friday, Mr. Garrido, 58, and his wife, Nancy, 54, were arraigned on more than two dozen counts of kidnapping, rape, false imprisonment and other charges in connection with Ms. Dugard’s abduction in 1991 as she walked to a bus stop in South Lake Tahoe. She was 11.

Ms. Dugard and her two daughters — both fathered by Mr. Garrido, the police said, when Ms. Dugard was a teenager — had been living in a squalid compound hidden behind Mr. Garrido’s plain single-story house. Her seemingly normal interaction with customers of Mr. Garrido’s printing business was just one of the many revelations on Friday in the bizarre and unfolding story about her life over the last 18 years.

“We were in hell,” said Ms. Dugard’s stepfather, Carl Probyn, who had been watching from a distance when Ms. Dugard was abducted near their home. “We climbed out, and here we are, still climbing.”

. . . 

Mr. Probyn said Ms. Dugard had told her mother that she sometimes was forced to live in a box, and the police said that at least one of the sheds was soundproof. As investigators prowled the compound this week, a wire cage could be seen next to a tent.

Even as Mr. Garrido — a convicted sex offender who had recently taken to posting religious rants on the Internet — and his wife pleaded not guilty on Friday in the kidnapping case, the police searched their home for clues in a string of nine murders. The killings, from 1998 to 2002, involved mostly prostitutes, many of whom were sexually violated, said Capt. Daniel Terry of the investigations unit of the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Department.

 

 

Garrido pre-preliminary hearing

Photo from Sacramento Bee Article, 9/22/09, Sam Stanton & Denny Walsh (article below)

 

How’s come no parole agent found Jaycee Dugard even AFTEr a woman reported there was a woman and children living in the back yard?

Suppose that had been your kid missing.  Would  “Oops” or “we didn’t have a warrant” been an OK excuse??

 

How’s Come such a person as Garrido got out?  Kind of sort of reminds me of that guy in Tom’s River, NJ that was released in 2009 to kill (within 24 hours) and another that was released, same NJ county, to kill (within 24 hours).  Your mind wants to know WHY they get out?

Cops: Kidnap Victim held 18 years, bore two kids

Published online on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009 {{NOTE THE EARLIER TIMEFRAME HERE…}}

By Bill Lindelof, Kim Minugh and Sam Stanton / The Sacramento Bee

A 58-year-old convicted rapist and his wife have been arrested in connection with the 1991 abduction of 11-year-old Jaycee Lee Dugard, who surfaced alive in the Bay Area on Wednesday after disappearing for 18 years.

 

Phillip Craig Garrido, a registered sex offender, and his wife, Nancy, were booked into the El Dorado County Jail this afternoon on kidnapping and other charges, after their arrest on Wednesday.

 

Dugard was reunited with her mother earlier today at a meeting in the Bay Area at an undisclosed location.

 

The apparent end to a case that sparked national headlines nearly two decades ago began with the suspicions of a campus police officer at UC Berkeley on Tuesday. Authorities said the officer spotted Garrido with two young children on campus and, upon questioning, discovered he was a parolee. The officer contacted Garrido’s parole agent, who summoned him to his office on Wednesday.

 

Garrido showed up in the company of his wife, another adult woman and two small children. After some questioning, Garrido confessed to kidnapping Dugard, authorities said. The questioning also revealed that the young woman who had arrived with the Garridos was Dugard.

 

Corrections officials said Garrido had served time in a Nevada federal prison for sexual assault and earlier had served time in Lompoc for a kidnap case. His high school sweetheart and ex-wife, Christine, said he had faced rape and kidnap charges in the 1970s that led her to divorce him.

 

“This just blows me away,” she said of the latest revelations.

 

Garrido was required to register on the state’s Megan’s Law Web site and wore a GPS tracking bracelet, but he had no restrictions on where he could travel and whether he could be around children.

 

The blond, blue-eyed Jaycee Lee Dugard was abducted while walking to school June 10, 1991, near her home in Meyers, south of South Lake Tahoe.

 

 

HIDING FACTS ON GARRIDO — Editorial from FRESNO BEE

The Monterey County Herald

Updated: 09/25/2009 01:32:27 AM PDT

 

Ever since Phillip Garrido was arrested in the kidnapping of Jaycee Lee Dugard, the public has wanted to know: How was he able to hide her from state and federal parole agents for so many years?

Media organizations are trying to answer that question. But a pair of parole bureaucracies — one federal and one state — are standing in the way. They are refusing to release public documents that might shed light on the decisions and actions of parole agents.

The first of these is the U.S. Parole Commission, which discharged Garrido from federal parole supervision in 1999. As we know now, that was eight years after he is alleged to have kidnapped Dugard, who was 11 years old at the time.

Garrido had been convicted of kidnap and rape in Nevada in 1977, was sentenced to 50 years in federal prison (with a concurrent state sentence of five years to life) and was released from prison in 1988. Upon ending his parole supervision 11 years later, a federal administrator lauded Garrido in a document for “having responded positively to supervision,” even though the convicted kidnapper had committed three drug offenses while in federal custody.

The Sacramento Bee unearthed these laudatory comments about Garrido through a Freedom of Information Act request. But in agreeing to release a mere 19 pages of documents, the U.S. Parole Commission refused to hand over another 92 pages from Garrido’s file, claiming they could “constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion” of the privacy of third parties. The real reason, of course, is the commission is trying to protect itself from additional embarrassing revelations.

That means the agency is providing no information on how often a federal agent visited Garrido’s Antioch home while on parole, or whether such agents ever became aware of a young woman living at the residence.

Corrections officials in California are dragging their feet in releasing information. They are refusing to say how often their agents visited Garrido’s home since 1999.

In hiding behind obscure regulations to prevent release of what is clearly public information of vital interest, government agencies leave the appearance they are engaged in damage control.

These are public agencies, and they should be accountable for their performance.

— Fresno Bee editorial

{{YEP!}}

 

 

File under:  “Kinda Makes You Wonder”:

Commission once lauded Garrido behavior post-release

 

Sacramento Bee Article, 9/22/09, Sam Stanton & Denny Walsh
Last Modified: Tuesday, Sep. 22, 2009 – 5:46 pm

(See actual article for more active hyperlinks and related articles on this topic)

 

Nearly eight years after Jaycee Lee Dugard was kidnapped, Phillip Garrido received a certificate from the U.S. Parole Commission lauding him for his behavior since his release from prison in 1988.

“You are hereby discharged from parole,” the March 9, 1999, certificate read.

After a thorough review of your case, the Commission has decided that you are deserving of an early discharge,” said the document signed by administrator Raymond E. Essex. “You are commended for having responded positively to supervision and for the personal accomplishment(s) you have made.

The Commission trusts that you will continue to be a productive citizen and obey the laws of society.

The certificate is among 19 pages of parole commission papers released to The Bee under the federal Freedom of Information Act on Garrido, who allegedly kidnapped Dugard from in front of her South Lake Tahoe-area home in 1991, then managed to hide her from federal and state parole agents for years afterward.

Garrido had been convicted of kidnap and rape in 1977 in Nevada and sentenced to 50 years in federal prison and a concurrent state sentence of five years to life, The release of the documents adds perspective to how he managed to win release from federal parole after only 11 years. At the time he was sentenced, he was expected to be on federal parole until 2027.

After kidnapping Dugard in 1991, authorities allege, Garrido was able to keep her hidden in his Antioch-area backyard for 18 years. The federal records give only a bare-bones glimpse of Garrido’s supervision during that time, and do not provide any indication of how regularly he was visited by federal parole agents.

After being released from federal parole in 1999, Garrido remained under California supervision. California corrections officials have refused to provide The Bee with records of how often agent Edward Santos visited Garrido’s Antioch home between 1999 and last month, when Dugard was discovered alive after walking into Santos’ office with Garrido.

Those parole records, requested by The Bee through a state Public Records Act request on Aug. 28, would include Santos’ field notes from visits to the Garrido home and Garrido’s visits to the Concord parole office.

{{PART OF THE PURPOSE OF MY POST IS TO DRAW ATTENTION TO THIS AVENUE FOR OTHERS< INCOMPLETE AS IT IS}}

Corrections officials have said Santos operated “by the book” and solved the mystery of Dugard’s disappearance by calling police when she walked into his office.

On Tuesday, a corrections official said the matter was under review, but that the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation likely would refuse to release the parole records because of a two-month-old department regulation that does not allow release of agents’ field notes. Previously, the department had cited a different law — one that applied to probation records, not parole records — to deny release of the documents.

{{The source of this 2- month old dept. regulation – Jaycee was found only about a month ago — would sure be interesting…}}

Peter Scheer, executive director of the First Amendment Coalition, said the state cannot create regulations that exempt it from laws that require disclosure of public documents.

“The department has no authority to amend the Public Records Act by regulation, and certainly has no authority to regulate the California constitution by regulation,” Scheer said.

{{Yeah, but they sure can stall and throw obstacles in the way…}}

Garrido, 58, and his wife, Nancy, 54, are in the El Dorado County jail facing kidnap, rape and other charges stemming from Dugard’s abduction when she was 11. Both have pleaded not guilty

 

LET”S TRY THIS AGAIN.  ANOTHER ARTICLE, SAME REPORTERS:

Parole board praised Garrido, even while Dugard was captive

Published: Wednesday, Sep. 23, 2009 – 3:54 am 
Last Modified: Wednesday, Sep. 23, 2009 – 11:20 am

. . . 

Under the scenario laid out by law enforcement officials, Garrido had been out on parole for three years when he grabbed Dugard and had held her for eight years when he was released from parole for exemplary behavior.

Garrido was convicted of kidnap and rape in 1977 in Nevada and sentenced to 50 years in federal prison and a concurrent state sentence of five years to life. The newly released federal documents indicate he won release from federal parole after 11 years, even though he committed three drug-related offenses while in federal custody.

The federal parole commission declined to release 92 pages of documents from his file, saying that could “constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of the personal privacy of third parties.”

It released no information about how often a federal parole agent visited Garrido’s Antioch house.

Nor did the commission indicate whether parole authorities ever became aware of a young woman living in his home or backyard.

Redacted from the 19 pages that were released are the reasons he was reinstated to parole after a 1993 drug violation.

At the time he was sentenced, Garrido was expected to be on federal parole until 2027. The documents show that he was paroled from the federal prison at Lompoc on Jan. 20, 1988, “with a total of 14,235 days remaining to be served.”

In the certificate of parole, Garrido was judged to have “substantially observed the rules of the institution,” although two months earlier federal officials found he had violated prison rules.

“You committed 3 drug-related infractions,” a Nov. 20, 1987, report stated.

The parole commission decided in January 1988 that his release “would not jeopardize the public welfare,” and he was ordered released with the agreement that he would remain in Nevada until April 10, 2027.

The federal sentence covered Garrido’s kidnap conviction, and he was sent from Lompoc to aNevada state prison to complete his rape sentence of five years to life. Less than a year later, he was released from prison by the Nevada parole board, and despite the federal requirement that he remain in Nevada, {{OOPS!}} he was allowed to return to his home in Antioch.

Authorities allege he kidnapped Dugard in 1991 and kept her hidden in his backyard for 18 years. The federal records give only a bare-bones glimpse of Garrido’s supervision during that time, and do not provide any indication of how regularly he was visited by federal parole agents.

However, the records confirm that Garrido was subject to drug testing and that a warrant for his arrest was issued March 18, 1993, after a marijuana violation. He was sent to a federal prison inDublin for about a month, then ordered released back to Antioch on electronically monitored house arrest until Aug. 31, 1993.

While he was incarcerated at Dublin, authorities allege, Garrido’s wife, Nancy, kept watch over Dugard.

(end quote).

 

Kidnapping takes helpers.  Case in point, Family Law venue, other women.  I’m biting my tongue here, I would like to speak, but it just wouldn’t make sense.  This has been studied and written on already.  Still, kids get taken, and not always returned.  

 

 


After being released from federal parole in 1999, Garrido technically faced lifetime parole under the supervision of Nevada officials. However, Nevada transferred responsibility to Californiabecause he was living in Antioch.

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