Nielsen Comments on AP Report of Negligent Parole Policies

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Assemblyman Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber) released the following statement today regarding the report released by the Associated Press, that showed negligence on the part of parole agents and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR):

"The report released by the AP today is unfortunate but not surprising.  I have argued in debates for years that CDCR and the legislature must act expeditiously to stop the factors that long have driven and continue to drive such horror stories.  The Determinant Sentence Law of 1977 changed sentencing law so as to allow Richard Allen Davis to be in Petaluma one fateful night that cost Polly Klass her life.  The rape/murders of Chelsea King and Amber Dubois in San Diego by John Albert Gardner were the result of willful, flagrant disregard for law (the Sexually Violent Predator Law) and regulation (the Robin Reagan Regulation) that resulted in Gardner remaining in the community and able to commit his heinous crimes."

"In the case of Jaycee Dugard, there were repeated missed opportunities on the part of CDCR to recognize Philip Garrido's imprisonment of Ms. Dugard and report their findings.  The lax behavior of this Department is unacceptable and needs reform immediately.  As always, I will continue to work with CDCR to set guidelines and policies, so events as tragic as Jaycee Dugard's never happens again."