Prison officials lose appeal; must release more Garrido files

7:06 PM, Mar 1, 2010   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, CA - An appeals court Monday rejected an attempt by state corrections officials to avoid turning over additional documents relating to the bungled parole of Phillip Garrido.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) sought to overturn a Sacramento judge's order that the department hand over all of Garrido's parole records as requested by several media organizations under the Public Records Act.

The CDCR argued publishing the documents could endanger the safety and security of its staff.

Garrido is accused of kidnapping Jaycee Dugard, then 11, from her South Lake Tahoe neighborhood in 1991.  At the time, Garrido was on federal parole.  Garrido's supervision was transferred to California parole agents in 1999.

California corrections officials have been criticized for allowing Garrido to keep Dugard and the two daughters he fathered with her in the backyard of his Antioch home for a decade while under the supervision of a series of California parole agents.

The CDCR was forced to release a number of documents Feb. 12 after failing to get an emergency stay from the appeals court.  More sensitive documents, such as personnel and medical records, were allowed to be held back for a judge's review. 

On Monday, the court summarily denied the state's petition, requiring the CDCR to provide Sacramento Superior Court Judge Patrick Marlette with a list of documents withheld from the initial release. 

Marlette will review the documents before deciding which ones will be made public.  He had previously set March 1 as a deadline for receiving those documents.  A CDCR spokesman confirmed the department had complied.

Marlette earlier indicated he would decide which documents would be released to the public sometime after March 15.

by George Warren, GWarren@news10.net

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