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Federal Parole Officials Released Phillip Garrido From 50-Year Sentence After Short Interview

Publication Date: 
September 04, 2009
Los Angeles Times
Maura Dolan

Professor Robert Weisberg, an expert in criminal law, is quoted in the LA Times on the decision to release Phillip Garrido on parole after serving only 10 1/2 years in prison:

Phillip Garrido, the man accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting Jaycee Lee Dugard, was paroled by the federal government two decades ago after a 35-minute jailhouse interview in which he spoke of his crime, his prison experience and future plans, the U.S. Parole Commission said Friday.

Garrido, charged with abducting Dugard 18 years ago, was released from federal custody after serving only 10 1/2 years of his 50-year sentence for a 1976 kidnapping.


The handling of Garrido was typical of the "old-fashioned parole system" that was overhauled by Congress in 1984, when sentences became longer and mandatory, with little judicial discretion, said Stanford Law Professor Robert Weisberg, who specializes in criminal law.

Under today's laws, Garrido probably would have served 20 to 40 years, Weisberg said. Today's parole boards also have more sophisticated ways to measure an inmate's risk to the public, he said.