On Thursday, 1st July 2010, Jaycee Dugard won a £13.2million payout over her kidnap ordeal. A $20 million payout was approved In a costly admission of failures in the parole supervision of convicted kidnapper and rapist Phillip Garrido by the Legislature to kidnap victim Jaycee Dugard and her two girls for their years spent in captivity near Antioch. The settlement for Ms Dugard, who was imprisoned for nearly two decades in the backyard of suspect Phillip Garrido’s home, was approved by the lawmakers. Last August, she was found with her two daughters while she bore imprisoned and convicted rapist Phillip Garrido. Physical, psychological, and emotional damages were claimed by the family.
Miss Dugard, 30, was kidnapped from a school bus stop when she was an 11-year-old girl and held captive for 18 years by a paroled sex offender. In February, the 30-year-old mother and her daughters, who were allegedly fathered by the suspected kidnapper, filed claims, saying the three victims had remained undiscovered even though parole agents for the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation began supervising Mr Garrido in 1999. He was being monitored following a previous conviction for rape and kidnap in Nevada. Mr Garrido and his wife Nancy have pleaded not guilty to charges that they kidnapped and raped Ms Dugard.
California assemblyman Felipe Fuentes, who voted for a compensation settlement, said the money would be essential for Miss Dugard to have a future. Mediator Daniel Weinstein told the Associated Press news agency, “It is compensation for three people for the rest of their lives who have been horribly damaged over a period of 17 or 18 years”. Mr Weinstein said, “Ms Dugard’s mother had also filed a claim in February with the state of California, but it had not been included in the settlement.” California State Assemblyman Ted Gaines said, “I can’t emphasize enough that we’ve got to be much more prudent in terms of how we provide oversight for released prisoners in the state of California”. Mr Weinstein said, “the money would be used to pay for therapy, ensure privacy, buy the family a home, pay for education and replace lost income.”
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