Office of Inspector General Releases Special Report on CDCR Supervision of Phillip Garrido

Posted on November 4, 2009. Filed under: Parole |

After a two month investigation, the Inspector General for the State of California, David R. Shaw, held a press conference today where he released his special report with findings and recommendations on the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s
supervision of parolee Phillip Garrido.

It is important to note, as stated in an Associated Press article, that as a parolee, Garrido wore a GPS-linked ankle bracelet that tracked his every movement, met with his parole agent several times each month and was subject to routine surprise home visits and random drug and alcohol tests, according to the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Phillip Garrido’s parole supervision was on a 40 to 1 ratio (40 parolees to 1 parole agent).

Below is a summary of the findings from the report.

The Office of the Inspector General finds that
during the 10-year period the department
supervised parolee Garrido, the department:

·Failed to adequately classify and supervise
Garrido.

·Failed to obtain key information from
federal parole authorities.

·Failed to properly supervise parole agents
responsible for Garrido.

·Failed to use GPS information.

·Provides the public a false sense of security
with a passive GPS monitoring program that
falls short of its potential, raising OIG’s
concerns about the department’s current and
future uses of GPS monitoring.

·Ignored other opportunities to determine that
Garrido was violating the terms of his parole.

·Failed to refer Garrido for mental health
assessment.

·Failed to train parole agents to conduct parolee
home visits.

·Missed opportunities to discover the existence
of Garrido’s three victims, including:
o Failing to investigate clearly visible utility
wires running from Garrido’s house
towards the concealed compound.

o Failing to investigate the presence of a 12-
year old female during a home visit.

o Failing to talk to neighbors or local public
safety agencies.

o Failing to act on information clearly
showing Garrido had violated his parole
terms.

To view the executive summary of the report click here.

To view the response to the report from CDCR Secretary Matt Cate click here.

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