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    >> very much.

    >>> now to the california man accused of kidnapping and holding a girl hostage for nearly two decades. phillip garrido has now sent a letter from prison to a local nbc reporter in sacramento. nbc 's michael okwu has the details.

    >> reporter: the letter is handwritten and full of misspellings and musings about how authorities have mistreated jaycee. "she has been repeatedly denied access to having an attorney present during questioning," the author writes, "her civil rights have been violated. please consider this request to contact her at your earliest possible date."

    >> he's still affecting people on the outside and telling them what to do and to do it his way.

    >> reporter: the return address on the envelope is the county jail where garrido is awaiting trial. just underneath that address, the name faintly visible, phillip garrido . a jail official says the letter appears authentic. a dugard family spokesperson said they have no intention of dignifying a letter from the kidnapper with a response. the letter was sent to nbc affiliate kcra and reporter walt gregg. in a phone interview shortly after his arrest last month, garrido told gray, the years with jaycee and the children he fathered with her were heartwarming.

    >> those two children, those two girls, they slept in my arms every single night from birth and never did i harm them. i never touched them.

    >> i just think he's maybe making some assumptions and maybe continually stirring the pot here.

    >> reporter: the writer instructs gray to deliver the letter to a private attorney who will look into this matter for her best interests .

    >> he didn't worry about her rights when he raped her. he didn't worry about her rights when he kept her imprisoned for all those years.

    >> reporter: those charges have yet to be settled in court. garrido has pled not guilty. but to criminal profilers, the letter is a means to continue to reach out to the young woman he allegedly kept captive for 18 years.

    >> he's not crazy. he knows

updated 2/13/2010 8:44:57 AM ET 2010-02-13T13:44:57

Phillip Garrido complained in 2008 about having to wear a monitoring device because he had not been in trouble with the law for 19 years — nearly as long as he allegedly held Jaycee Dugard captive in his backyard, newly released parole records show.

The documents released Friday by California corrections officials also show that less than a month before he was arrested last summer, the 58-year-old Garrido initialed papers promising not to have contact with girls between the ages of 14 and 18 or to have a social or romantic relationship with anyone who had custody of a child.

Garrido was living at the time with the daughters he sired with Dugard, who were 11 and 14.

Garrido and his wife, Nancy Garrido, have pleaded not guilty to kidnapping Dugard in 1991 near her South Lake Tahoe home. They are charged with raping her and keeping her in a secret compound in the backyard of Garrido's Antioch home.

They were arrested in August.

The documents were made available after several news organizations sued. The parole file had previously been turned over to the Office of the Inspector General, which issued a report last fall blasting corrections officials for lapses in oversight and missing chances to catch Garrido sooner.

'Nothing out of the ordinary'
A convicted sex offender, Garrido was visited by parole agents as part of his mandatory supervision, but never suspected of keeping an abducted girl and their two daughters in a backyard compound.

The paperwork shows agents thought Garrido sometimes acted strangely, and at least one agent saw a girl, who Garrido said was his niece, at the home. An agent also wrote notes about "cursory" visual inspections of the house.

"(Garrido) was acting very strange, weird to say the least by ranting on about God and loudly saying songs, other than that, nothing out of the ordinary," an agent wrote in June 2008.

The 125 pages of documents paint a portrait of a convicted rapist who, once he was released from federal and Nevada state prisons, appeared to grudgingly comply with the conditions set by parole agents who were eager to believe he was doing well.

In granting Garrido early release from his federal parole in May 1999, his U.S. government parole agent based in Nevada wrote Garrido to "thank you for your cooperation over this period of supervision and I hope that you will continue to do well."

Because he was also convicted of rape in Nevada for the same offense, Nevada state parole officials decided to keep Garrido on life parole, however. But they wanted him supervised in California, where he had been living since he got out of prison. From the records, it appears that California did not want to take Garrido on.

'Disruptive and unproductive'
A Nevada parole agent wrote California parole officials in June 1999 urging them to accept the case, noting that "Ordering the subject to return to Nevada to await acceptance from your state would be disruptive and unproductive for the subject who has managed to change his behavior."

California officials apparently relented and Garrido had his first encounter with state parole agents that same month. The agent's opinion of Garrido also seemed high, "He is stable and the prognosis of success is good," he wrote.

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Only four months later, the same parole agent, Al Fulbright, recommended that Nevada terminate Garrido's parole and reduce him to minimum supervision until then.

"On parole from (Nevada) for LIFE. (Why did I take this case?" Fulbright wrote in May 2000, after his bid to end Garrido's supervision apparently failed.

Another parole agent who took over Garrido's case also asked to have Garrido taken off parole in July 2004 and again in July 2005.

The documents also outline the events leading up to their arrest, including some details not mentioned before about the conversations Garrido had with law enforcement.

Dugard, for example, seemed to be aware that her parents had moved from Northern California, where she was abducted, to the southern part of the state.

"A long, long, long long time ago, I kidnapped and raped her," Garrido told his parole agent the day he was arrested, according to the documents.

"I asked him if Jaycee knew where her parents were, and he said, somewhere in Los Angeles," the agent wrote in the report.

The newly released documents do not include documents that the court indicated could be confidential, such as peace officer personnel records, confidential medical or psychological records, Criminal Offender Record Information and the corrections department's case management review.

Those will be reviewed next month by a judge.

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