Jaycee Dugard: Sharp criticism leveled at prison psychiatrists
The Northern California prosecutor who convicted parolee Phillip Garrido of abducting 11-year old Jaycee Dugard in 1991 and holding her has a sex slave for years in his backyard released a 162-page report Tuesday detailing the crime and the many failures of the criminal justice system to prevent it.
El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson directed particularly sharp criticism at the justice system for an “over-reliance upon the psychiatric profession to predict future dangerousness.”
Before abducting Dugard, Garrido was paroled from federal prison where he had been serving a 50-year sentence for kidnapping another woman.
“Common sense would tell you that the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior,” Pierson wrote.
-- Jack Dolan in Sacramento
Photos, from top: Phillip and Nancy Garrido during an April 7 hearing in Placerville, Calif.; Jaycee Lee Dugard before she was kidnapped in 1991. Credits: Associated Press; family photo via Reuters