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Legislation Prompted By Jaycee Dugard Case Would Change California Parole System

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Phillip and Nancy Garrido kidnapped Jaycee Dugard near her South Lake Tahoe home when she was 11.  She was their captive for 18 years.  At the time, Phillip Gariddo was a convicted sex offender released decades early on federal parole.  Republican state Senator Ted Gaines says that raises concerns about the ability of people like Garrido to manipulate the state parole system:

Gaines: "If we're prioritizing based on good performance in prison and you have someone that's a very good manipulator, someone like Phillip Garddio, certainly we don't want to release people for the wrong reasons."

Gaines says currently the state parole board looks at behavior in prison, not past crimes, when considering parole.  His legislation would allow an inmate's criminal history to be weighed.  Both Republican and Democratic lawmakers support the bill, and Gaines is hoping to get it through the legislature before session ends in a few weeks.
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