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CA. Lawmakers approve $ 20 MILLION for Dugard family

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California lawmakers approved a $20 million settlement Thursday with the family of Jaycee Dugard, who was kidnapped as a girl and held captive in a secret backyard for 18 years by a paroled sex offender.

Dugard, 30, resurfaced last August with two daughters she bore with Phillip Garrido, a convicted rapist.

Dugard and her daughters, ages 15 and 12, filed claims in February, saying state officials with the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation failed to do their jobs. Parole agents began supervising Garrido in 1999 but didn't discover Dugard.


Asked by sweet-a-kins at 3:39 PM on Jul. 1, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Is this justified? YES

    Can CA afford it?  NO

    They failed to protect a little girl who became a woman in captivity.  They failed to protect her daughters.  $20 million?  She lost over 20 years of her adult life.  She lost her childhood.  Her girls lost their childhood.  It seems like a fair settlement for what she lost. 


    Answer by mancosmomma at 7:49 PM on Jul. 1, 2010

  • This is awesome! There were agents at the door of this guy and they didn't notice anything. She lived like an animal and her children grew up in horrible conditions with no education, health care of proper care of any kind. Someone should have to pay for these mistakes!

    Answer by HuskerMommy08 at 3:43 PM on Jul. 1, 2010

  • It's justified and they can't afford it. However, they probably won't get a lump sum - it'll probably be annuity.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 3:46 PM on Jul. 1, 2010

  • I think they settled to avoid a full investigation and possible criminal charges against the agecies or people that should have been paying better attention.

    Obviously they had some form of a case or the city attorney's wouldn't have settled; they were afraid a judge/jury might award her a much higher amount...

    Answer by beachmamaof2 at 3:51 PM on Jul. 1, 2010

  • It's not any good if they pay her in IOU's like they did with people tax returns last year.

    Answer by lovinangels at 3:51 PM on Jul. 1, 2010

  • Though I feel really bad for this girl and all she went thru $20 mill cannot bring back the last 18 years of her life.

    Answer by ABusyBee at 3:44 PM on Jul. 1, 2010

  • Good! That man should have been caught during one of the many opportunities the authorities had to catch him.
    Sure, the money won't make the past disappear or any better, but something needs done.

    Answer by Kiwismommy19 at 3:46 PM on Jul. 1, 2010

  • I'm glad those girls won their claim. I am sickened over the whole situation, and for officers to have actually been to the house and not done their jobs, is ridiculous. I lived in Antioch for 7 years (the same town she had been held capture in) and I've had cops come to my home and search the whole property, including the backyard, when just noise complaints had been made during parties. There is no excuse for them not searching the property of a convicted rapist, especially when calls were made stating he had young girls living in his bad yard!

    Answer by GavinsMommii at 3:47 PM on Jul. 1, 2010

  • Yes that amount is justified. No CA can't afford it, lol! And I believe that there should be criminal charges filed against those who didn't do their job properly.

    Answer by 29again at 4:39 PM on Jul. 1, 2010

  • Whatever monetary award she receives will never be enough or take away everything she has been through!

    Answer by shishie at 4:59 PM on Jul. 1, 2010