Word is that there were multiple and repeated failures of the law enforcement system in the Dugard case: police investigation, parole officers, prison system.
It turns out the Garrido was given a fifty year sentence for his earlier sex crimes but was inexplicably let out after only ten years. It turns out he was wearing an ankle bracelet for monitoring—but it seems to have done little good. It turns out he still had in his possession a car that matched the description of the abductor’s car given eighteen years ago by Jaycee’s stepfather. It turns out neighbors did complain to police that something shady was going on at the Garrido house, including the keeping of girls in tents in the yard, but the officer who came to investigate did not go beyond the front porch of the home.
And all this despite the fact that the man involved was a convicted sex offender of a serious and violent type. It’s enough to make your blood boil. A spokesperson says:
“We missed an opportunity to bring earlier closure to this situation,” Contra Costa County Sheriff Warren E. Rupf said. “I cannot change the course of events but we are beating ourselves up over this and continue to do so.”
“We should have been more inquisitive, more curious and turned over a rock or two.”
I wonder why they weren’t, actually. Police are ordinarily pretty keen on catching child rapists.