When kidnapper and registered sex offender Phillip Garrido and wife Nancy still have not gone to trial, it was reported by CNN that Jaycee Lee Dugard and her two teenage daughters are the recipients of a $ 20 million settlement from their case against the California State Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The lawsuit stemmed from Jaycee Dugard's claim that parole agents were in dereliction of their duties when they failed to investigate Phillip Garrido's residence more thoroughly, which would have uncovered the imprisonment of both herself and her young daughters in Garrido's backyard. The bill appropriating the unprecedented $ 20 million Dugard settlement flew through very easily with a 30-1 vote within the California Senate and 62-0 in the California Assembly.
No amount of money can give the now 30-year-old Jaycee Lee Dugard and her family back years that were lost when she lived in Phillip Garrido's makeshift backyard prison. But the $ 20 million Dugard settlement will enable Jaycee Dugard to purchase a home, pay for her children's education and get as much therapy as is necessary, among other things. If nothing else, maybe the scrutiny into the California State Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation's methods might prevent others from going through a comparable ordeal. According to department's report on the matter, "While it is true that Garrido's California parole was never officially violated the department failed to properly supervise Garrido and missed numerous opportunities to discover his victims."
State officials seemed to have a case against Dugard
When California State officials thought that they had enough details on their side to contest Jaycee Lee Dugard's claim, they ultimately ruled that it was not worth bringing the case before a jury. Their case apparently would have hinged upon jurisdictional matters, CNN explained. Unfortunately, public relations for California would are really icky. The state decided against passing the buck and claiming that it was the responsibility of federal parole officers (rather than California State parole officers).