A kidnapped girl was discovered 18 years after her abduction at the home of a convicted parolee and registered sex offender despite the fact that law enforcement has repeatedly been in contact with the man and has visited his home on many occasions over the years. That law enforcement for almost two decades missed Jaycee Dugard at the home of Phillip and Nancy Garrido is no great surprise to criminal lawyers. The shared resources of the U.S. federal and Nevada state authorities was not enough to effectively manage this parolee. California – like every other state – has overburdened our police, probation and parole authorities by continuing the trend toward retribution and punishment over rehabilitation and reformation. Non-violent three strike offenders overburden prison officials. Juveniles are increasingly being punished as adults within the already crowded criminal courts. New enhancements and new Penal Code provisions and harsher punishment are continually being written into law. The list of those offenses that require registration for life as a sex offender is ever expanding. Consequently, prison, parole and probation officials cannot keep up with the workload and those persons convicted of misdemeanor non-violent sex offenses are draining resources from the supervision of high risk offenders. As California clearly does not have more money to throw at these criminal justice problems, perhaps it is time to re-think how to best allocate the money we do have.
About Domenic Lombardo
Domenic J. Lombardo, Attorney at Law and a member of California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ), graduated from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), earning a B.A. in Economics-Business, before graduating with his J.D. from University of California, Hastings School of Law. Mr. Lombardo has been practicing as a criminal defense lawyer in San Diego for nearly 30 years, having started at the San Diego Office of the Public Defender in 1991 and then opening the Law Office of Domenic J. Lombardo in early 1996 as a sole practitioner. His practice is dedicated entirely to the defense of individuals accused of crimes and university misconduct, including Title IX allegations. While Mr. Lombardo works as the primary attorney for all his cases, he does have a team of investigators, forensic consultants, and paralegals to call on to help achieve the best possible result in every case. When he is not working, Mr. Lombardo is a family man, triathlete, and world traveler.