July 1st, 2010
02:57 PM ET

California Assembly approves $20 million for Jaycee Dugard

[Updated at 2:57 p.m.] The California Assembly on Thursday passed a bill appropriating $20 million to kidnapping victim Jaycee Dugard to settle her claims against the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, according to the chief clerk's office.

The bill passed on a 30-1 vote in the Senate and a 62-0 vote in the Assembly, according to CNN affiliate KCRA. Corrections officials entered into the settlement with Dugard, the station said.

Dugard vanished in 1991 at the age of 11. She was found in August 2009, living in a shed in the Antioch, California, backyard of Phillip Garrido, a registered sex offender who had been on parole since January 1988. Investigators say Garrido fathered two children with Dugard during her captivity. He and his wife, Nancy, are charged with 29 felony counts in the case. Both have pleaded not guilty.

In a report issued in November, the state inspector general's office found the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation failed to properly keep tabs on Garrido or properly supervise the officers assigned to his case.

"While it is true that Garrido's California parole was never officially violated, our review shows that Garrido committed numerous parole violations and that the department failed to properly supervise Garrido and missed numerous opportunities to discover his victims," the report said.

Parole officers failed to investigate utility wires running from Garrido's house toward the shed where Dugard was held, to check out the presence of a 12-year-old girl during a visit or to act on information the report said "clearly" showed Garrido had violated the terms of his release, the report said.

Dugard, who is now 30, her mothers and her daughters had filed a claim saying state corrections officials failed to do their jobs, seeking psychological, physical and emotional damages, KCRA said.

The settlement process was "pretty much unprecedented," said Jeff Long, spokesman for Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes, who sponsored the bill.

The language was inserted into a bill concerning claims against the state. Fuentes is chairman of the Assembly's Appropriations Committee, Long said. Every year as part of the budget process, the chair submits two bills for judgments against the state, Long said. It was decided that this would be the quickest way to get it through the Assembly, he said.

Officials thought the state might have a case if it fought Dugard's claim, but it wasn't worth the case going to a jury, Long said.

Because the constitutional deadline for an approved state budget has passed and California is in a new fiscal year without a budget, no appropriations can be made without Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's consent. Schwarzenegger has to request the bill be moved to his desk to sign it, Long said.

Garrido was paroled in August 1988 after serving 11 years of a federal kidnapping sentence. He also served a five-year term in Nevada for rape charges.

The November report from California Inspector-General David Shaw was limited to reviewing the actions of state parole officers in charge of monitoring Garrido from June 1999 until Dugard and her children were discovered. But Garrido was under the supervision of federal parole officers when authorities say he kidnapped Dugard in 1991, and they also "failed to detect Garrido's criminal conduct and his victims," the report says.

Garrido was only "properly supervised" for 12 out of the 123 months he was under California's supervision, "a failure rate of about 90 percent," Shaw told reporters in November.

- CNN's Ashley Hayes and Rachel Brown contributed to this report.

[Posted at 2:05 p.m.] The California Assembly on Thursday passed a bill to appropriate $20 million to kidnapping victim Jaycee Dugard to settle her claims against the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, according to the chief clerk's office.

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  1. Luisa

    okay i can understand that they should pay her for what she went through .but 20 mill I'm sorry but if that's coming out of California tax money that's BS, i think she should get payed but 20 mill is a little to much 5 or 2 mill that i can understand, they talk about we dont have money and yet they want to give this girl 20 mill what the hell?

    July 1, 2010 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. sdlata

    Who were the 2 in Assembly and 1 in Senate who opposed the bill???

    July 1, 2010 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jim Campbell

    Just release 425 people out of jail for a year in California ($47,000/inmate) to pay for this
    or
    kick 2,500 students out of school for a year
    or
    Do what I am going to do...vote out of office any fool politician that had anything to do with this nonsense. Is this thinking (we can solve all social problems by giving Jim's hard-earned money away to someone else) not the very reason California is bankrupt?

    July 1, 2010 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Alex

    US pays $2500 for the death of civilians in Afganistan. If US thinks that Jaycee is worth 8000 Afgans because she is US citizen, then US is clearly violating the UN Declaration Article 1 which says "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights". Afgans are EQUAL with Jaycee, not 8000 times less worthy. Does it make any sense ?

    July 2, 2010 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Mrstonemike

      @ Alex====== You're absolutely right, I don't care how many Afghans are killed as long as no Americans are killed! I'm not for the US even being in Afghanistan. but since we are I believe the
      paramount consideration should be loss of American lives. I personally do not feel the US has been capable of fighting a war since WW2, we're too P.C. and worry too much about collateral damage and then bankrupt ourselves rebuilding the enemy. A war is to be won by surrender of the enemy
      and peace cannot be bought. If you are "progressive" enough to think that American lives are no more important than these"nasty cave dwellers" whose main objective is torture and world dominance then maybe you're in the wrong country, go to Afghanistan or move down to Mexico!

      July 3, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mrstonemike

      @Alex===============Oh. by the way, TO HELL WITH THE UN, Americans are sovereign
      people!

      July 3, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
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