State Investigates Self Following Garrido Case

Parole agent, system under microscope

By Lynsey Paulo
|  Monday, Sep 28, 2009  |  Updated 4:00 PM PDT
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Phillip Garrido is seen with his court appointed attorney, Susan Gellman, during his arraignment on 29 felony counts stemming from the abduction of Jaycee Dugard,11, in 1991, in the El Dorado Superior Court in Placerville, Calif., Friday, Aug. 28, 2009. Garrido pleaded not guilty on charges including forcible abduction, rape, sexual assault and false imprisonment.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The state Office of the Inspector General is conducting an independent investigation into how the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation handled Phillip Garrido's parole supervision, KCRA Television in Sacramento reported.

The inspector general is responsible for independent oversight of corrections.

Garrido and his wife, Nancy Garrido, are charged with the kidnapping and sexual assault of Jaycee Lee Dugard. They have pleaded not guilty to numerous felony counts and remain in a jail in Placerville.

Authorities accuse the Garridos of abducting 11-year-old Dugard in 1991 from Meyers. Phillip Garrido allegedly fathered two children with Dugard, who is now 29. She was found safe recently in the East Bay.

"We're taking a look at the systemic issues related to the parole supervision of Mr. Garrido," state Inspector General David Shaw said. "And also the particulars of that case and we'll be doing a public report at the end of it."

Shaw said in an initial screening of the case, it did not look like there was any criminal conduct by anyone from corrections.

However, given the story that has developed, the inspector general initiated the independent investigation.

Shaw said as part of the investigation, his office has requested and received Garrido's parole file.

KCRA formally requested to review or obtain copies of records from the Garrido parole file, but CDCR has denied those requests.

Shaw said his investigators had also been "on the ground" with a search warrant team, walking through the Garrido residence, back yard and outbuildings in Antioch.

"A child that could be held kidnapped and held for that many years under parole supervision of our state, and then not pick up on the fact that there were juveniles in the house and so on, that's why we're looking at it," Shaw said. "And also to prevent something like this from happening again."

This article originally appeared on KCRA.com

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