Video Preview: Jaycee Dugard Interviewed by Diane Sawyer; New Report Slams Garrido Parole Oversight

Update July 11: Here’s the full interview, which was aired Sunday night.

Previous post In what’s being described by ABC as a “landmark television event,” the network will air Diane Sawyer’s interview with Jaycee Dugard on Sunday night. Below is a preview video ABC has released.

Just last month, Phillip and Nancy Garrido, who kidnapped Dugard in South Lake Tahoe as an 11-year-old and held her captive for 18 years in their Antioch backyard, were sentenced to 431-years-to-life and 36-years-to-life, respectively, in the case.

In the video, Dugard describes her feelings upon having the first of two daughters she bore to Phillip Garrido when she was 14 years old.

“I felt like I wasn’t alone anymore,” she says. “I had somebody that was mine. I wasn’t alone. And I knew I could never let anything happen to her.”

Also today, James Ware, the chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, released a report by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts concerning the parole supervision of Phillip Garrido, who during his imprisonment of Dugard was on probation for a previous kidnapping. As you can imagine, the report concludes that federal supervision of Garrido was “substandard.”

You can read the full report here (pdf) or the AP version below. A previous report, by the Office of the Inspector General for California, on the state’s supervision of Garrido, found that he “committed numerous parole violations and that the (Department of Corrections) failed to properly supervise Garrido and missed numerous opportunities to discover his victims.”

You can read that report (pdf), from 2009, here.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Federal parole agents failed to properly monitor convicted sex offender Phillip Garrido during the time he kidnapped, raped and held captive Jaycee Dugard, missing chances to stop his crimes, according to a confidential review made public Friday by the chief federal judge in San Francisco.

“Had Mr. Garrido’s federal supervision been conducted properly from the onset, it is possible that he may have been deterred from some of the acts now attributed to him,” Chief U.S. District Judge James Ware wrote in releasing the 43-page report written after the review conducted last year by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts.

Garrido was a federal parolee from December 1988 to June 1999 after serving 11 years for kidnapping a Nevada woman. California officials then assumed responsibility and did an equally poor job supervising Garrido, missing numerous chances to learn that he had Dugard hidden in a shed in a secret backyard of his Antioch home, according to previously released reports.

Garrido pleaded guilty last month to snatching Dugard, then 11, in 1991 and is serving a sentence of 431 years to life.

Garrido’s federal supervision was “substandard,” the confidential report concludes.

It said he was rightly classified as a high-risk offender after he served his federal prison sentence, but the federal probation office “failed to supervise him accordingly,” Ware wrote after reviewing the report: Home visits were rare and his probation officer never talked with neighbors or local law enforcement.

It took the probation officer more than two months to question Garrido in 1989 after the nursing home where he worked reported that three female co-workers said he made them nervous. In addition, Garrido’s plan to sell products door-to-door in 1990 should have raised concerns from his probation officer, given his history.

Moreover, on several occasions Garrido tested positive for drug use and was found to have submitted diluted urine samples, the report said. But there is no indication the probation office told Nevada state parole officials about his drug use. The U.S. Parole Commission was told about the illegal drug use just once, which resulted in a short prison term and home confinement.

Garrido’s wife, Nancy Garrido, kept Jaycee locked up while he was imprisoned in 1993 for the failed drug test. Nancy Garrido also pleaded guilty last month and was sentenced to 36 years to life in state prison.

Ware said he decided to release the report to show that officials are serious about making improvements. He noted that the supervisor in charge at the time was replaced even before Dugard surfaced.

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