Dangerous criminals should NEVER be released into society. EVER.
But our system does it all the time. It's the humane thing to do, I guess, to let barbaric alleged humans back into the general population to continue preying on the innocent.
We'd be so much safer, overnight, if the people we KNEW were dangerous threats were kept away from the rest of us.
I grew up in San Francisco, across the Bay from where convicted molester and rapist Phillip Garrido held young Jaycee Dugard for EIGHTEEN YEARS.
We have discussed this case on my radio show before.
But now we have further proof that the system clearly failed on many fronts, according to a report released this week from the inspector general's office.
Corrections officials blew it, frankly. They didn't keep the proper tabs that they should have on Garrido. They missed, again and again, opportunities to discover the kidnapped, molested, and raped Jaycee.
Proper searches never took place. Information that could have led to Jaycee's discovery was never followed up on. The report also found something that I have ALWAYS known was the truth--that the state's GPS tracking system for convicted offenders offers the public a false sense of security.
Officials even blew an opportunity to investigate why a 12-year-old girl was present in the home of convicted child rapist during one visit.
CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS??
But the real fault falls on the lap of a system that let Garrido out of prison in the FIRST PLACE after kidnapping and raping a woman in 1977.
The right thing to have done? Lock the monster up forever and ever.
But instead he was let out.
Jaycee Dugard's life was altered horribly because of that disastrous decision. Garrido fathered two children with Jaycee during her captivity.
Those three innocent girls were robbed of all innocence and happiness.
Those are scars that a report, unfortunately, can never appropriately do justice to.
Question is: Will we FINALLY learn anything from reports like this? There are currently more than 6,000 paroled sex offenders in the state of California alone.
Will one of them be the next Garrido? How many more victims will fall prey to these criminals because of a failed system?
The people who let the barbarians out should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, in my opinion.
But we have a system that protects the bad guys more than the innocent children.
It's the sad, damned truth.