Mommy, why is this State stupid?
After two UC Berkeley Police Officers stopped Phillip Garrido, which resulted in his arrest the next day, and after all the taxpayers and voters found out that Parole Officers (both State and Federal) sat on their stupid fucking asses, and didn't anything to find Jaycee Dugard, and prevent her from being raped and kept hostage for 18 years, it should not be open season for more errors and stupid mistakes.
Chelsea King would still be filling out scholarship applications today.
Amber Dubois may have assisted the veterinarian deliver a baby horse today.
John Albert Gardner III was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder and Bipolar Disorder. He suffered from physical abuse, and admitted to a former friend that he was molested when he was little. The psychiatrist involved in his 2000 case that he should have got 30 years in prison, not six.
Page 24 of the Inspector General's Report on Garrido states that:
"The department failed to provide timely mental health assessment
"Additionally, the department did not refer Garrido for mental health assessment until October
2007–more than eight years after it began supervising him–even though the State of Nevada
and California state regulations require such an evaluation upon initiating parole.
"According to the department’s record of supervision for Garrido, a parole agent determined
in October 2007 that as a registered sex offender, Garrido needed to be referred for a mental
health evaluation. Accordingly, he referred Garrido to the department’s Parole Outpatient
Clinic, which provides mental health treatment to parolees. However, the department should
have referred Garrido to these services much earlier. When the State of Nevada paroled Garrido in August 1988, one of the conditions of his parole was 'Outpatient substance abuse and/or mental health counseling.' The document establishing those parole conditions was present in the department parole file for Garrido. Nevertheless, when the department assumed parole jurisdiction of Garrido in June 1999, it failed to refer him for a mental health assessment.
"Further, the department did not follow California regulations requiring parole agents to refer all
serious sex offenders to the Parole Outpatient Clinic for a mental health assessment. Title 15 of
the California Code of Regulations, section 3610 states in relevant part:
"'Mandatory referral to a POC [Parole Outpatient Clinic] for a mental health
assessment shall be made by the parole agent of record for the following:
"'… sex offenders as designated in PC [Penal Code] section 290, for whom a mental
disorder may have been a contributing factor to their commitment offense.'
"Accordingly, in 1994 the department began requiring all parolees with histories of sex offenses
covered under the provisions of Penal Code section 290 to receive an evaluation through the
Parole Outpatient Clinic. Had the department acted in a timely manner and referred Garrido for
an assessment, it would have provided the department another opportunity to determine that
Garrido had been misclassified as a low risk parolee." (Emphasis added.)
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Now, from the San Diego Union-Tribune:
Panel grilled on form used for Gardner
Thursday, April 1, 2010 at 12:05 a.m.
When convicted sex offender John Albert Gardner III was on parole in 2007, he was evaluated with a new state form for measuring recidivism risk.
He got a 2 on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most dangerous.
Now that he stands accused of raping and killing Poway teenager Chelsea King, the state’s scoring system has drawn criticism as one of many issues in Gardner’s case that could have been handled more aggressively.
Karen Franklin, an El Cerrito psychologist who specializes in the evaluation and treatment of criminal defendants, called it “just a little better than a coin flip.”
Yet Jack Wallace, one member of a three-person panel regulating the state’s sex-offender-risk-assessment tools, called the technique “the best thing out there.”
The disagreement over California’s approach arose in Poway yesterday at a hearing of the state Assembly’s Select Committee on Prisons and Rehabilitation Reform.
For two hours, Assemblymen Nathan Fletcher, R-San Diego, and Alberto Torrico, D-Fremont, questioned state corrections officials over their department’s handling of Gardner in a 2000 molestation case.
Both noted shortcomings with the state’s “Static-99” scoring system. In 2006, however, not a single state legislator voted against the bill requiring its use, despite opposition from victims’ groups and correctional officers.
Yesterday, three officials from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation defended the Static-99 assessment, a risk measurement they apply to certain male inmates and parolees in California. They said its use is required under the 2006 state law.
But Nina Salarno-Ashford, a board member for Crime Victims United of California, called the tool unreliable because its approach fails to give weight to probation reports, psychological evaluations or victim statements.
She also criticized its failure to account for times when sex crimes are pleaded down to lesser offenses.
“It does not give you the picture of who the individual is that is coming out of prison,” Salarno-Ashford said.
When he was evaluated, Gardner, now 30, got one point against him for not having lived with a lover for two years and another point because he wasn’t related to the victim he assaulted in 2000.
The Static-99 system factors in 10 items in all, including a parolee’s age, his prior offenses and whether any sex-offense victims were strangers or men. None of the other eight indicators showed risk for Gardner.
Margarita Perez, deputy director of the department’s Division of Adult Parole Operations, said officials could have exercised discretion and ranked Gardner as a 3, but even that wouldn’t have been enough to have him treated as a high-risk sex offender, which in California is any parolee who scores a 4 or higher.
In the higher-risk category, Gardner would have been grouped with a parole agent who had 20 cases to manage, and his movements would have been tracked daily. Instead, he was assigned to an agent with twice as many parolees and no tracking requirement.
Scott Kernan, undersecretary of operations for the department, noted that there are 2,200 parole agents in California monitoring 110,000 active parolees, about 7,400 of whom are sex offenders.
Kernan said the state’s budget to oversee sexual offenders on parole is $60 million, and that it would cost $1 billion for the state to supervise all 70,000 sex offenders.
The corrections officials at the hearing said the Static-99 tool is the most widely used government way of predicting sexual recidivism, but they couldn’t say which other states use it.
Wallace said the system’s objective risk measurements make it “considerably better than clinical opinion.”
He said the state began using the Static-99 assessment system before the law mandated its use starting in 2008, but that the panel he serves on would be open to replacing it with anything better that came along.
“We have no investment in what tool it is,” Wallace said. “We just would like the best tool for California, period.”
Franklin said predictive tools have limitations because the pool of sex offenders is relatively small and those who re-offend smaller still.
“On aggregate, we can make certain predictions, but they’re not going to work for every single individual,” he said. “It’s not going to get you to where the public seems to want to be, which is no risk.”
Matthew Hall: (619) 542-4599; firstname.lastname@example.org
Gardner was an abuse victim. He was previously diagnosed as having ADD and being Bipolar. One of the psychiatrists said Gardner should have got 30 years, not six.
Atascadero IS NOT FUCKING OVERCROWDED!
Gardner's 2000 case file shows that he suffered from mental illness and was likely to re-offend. The California Department of Doughnutheads and Retards again didn't do shit.
Karl Pilkington could have done a better job as head of the California Department of Doughnutheads and Retards!
This fucking pisses me off! Garrido is no longer an isolated case. They did it again! This time, two girls are now in Paradise.
Chelsea won't have a date for the Senior Prom.
Amber won't even be at next year's homecoming dance.
ALL BECAUSE CALIFORNIA'S PAROLE OFFICERS MONY-CODDLE IT'S SEX PREDATOR PAROLEES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We need REAL REFORM, not "first strike sentences"! Like Garrido, Gardner was supposed to be referred to mental health counseling! He also should have been sent back to Prison, then to Atascadero! Instead, his address is the Escondido Freeway!
We also have a millionaire tax where 1% of over $1 million is supposed to go to mental health services! Is it going there at all?!!!
Clearly, the law required as early as 1994 (long before Proposition 83) that sex offenders with mental health issues get referred to mental health services. Instead, Garrido kept Jaycee Dugard for 18 years. Gardner murdered Chelsea King and Amber Dubois.
The State of California needs parole reform YESTERDAY! It does not need useless residency restrictions, lifetime sentences, and more stupid ballot initiatives with more loopholes, and no funding sources to pay for it's enforcement or lack thereof.
That means that Bonnie Dumanis should stay in the Courtroom and not electioneer like a stupid cunt. It also means that we need initiative reform, not more stupid initiatives. We need a Democratic Governor to work with a Democratic Legislature, not fucking gridlock that causes us to have these fucking stupid initiatives in the first place. Either we get reform, or there should be an initiative for parole reform!
Then again, initiatives are no substitute for remedying the "failure to train". I challenge the Dugard, King, and Dubois families to sue the California Department of Doughnutheads and Retards for all the marbles. If we don't remedy these problems, we should demand Schwarzefucker to issue plenty of pink slips!
STRIKE THREE, HEADS WILL THEN ROLL ON THE GOLDEN STATE FREEWAY!