Jaycee Dugard has been granted financial justice from the state of California. The state has agreed to pay Jaycee and her two daughters $20 million dollars, for the parole boards failure to monitor the sex offender, Phillip Garrido, who held her captive for 18 years.
Today California legislators overwhelmingly approved the payment and it’s awaiting Arnold Schwartnegger’s signature. The settlement was reached on June 24th with Jaycee Dugard and her family.
Jaycee, who was held captive since she was 11 years old bore two children with her captor, Phillip Craig Garrido. She was kidnapped by the monster on June 10, 1991 after he was released from a Nevada state prison early for a rape conviction.
For an agonizing 18 years, Jaycee was forced to live in a makeshift tent in Garrido’s mother’s backyard. On August 26, 2009, Phillip Garrido was arrested after two college campus officers reported his suspicious behavior. Garrido had brought Jaycee and her two daughters to the college campus to hand out literature. The campus officers concerned about the two young girls and Garrido’s odd behavior turned him into his parole officer for questioning. After appearing before his parole officer, he was questioned and immediately arrested after finding out the woman with him was Jaycee Dugard, who had been missing for 18 years.
Since her freedom, Jaycee Dugard has been in seclusion with her mother and two children. In the days following Dugard’s return, Carl Probyn, Jaycee’s stepfather, confirmed that Jaycee and her daughters were in good health and intelligent, their reunion was going well, and they were proceeding slowly. He said his stepdaughter had developed a significant emotional bond with Phillip Garrido, and the girls cried when they learned of their father’s arrest.
Jaycee’s mother, Terry Probyn has lined up publisher Broadway Books for the 2010 publication of a book detailing the girls’ decades-long absence and return.
Thoughts and prayers go out to Jaycee Dugard and her two little girls. Hopefully the settlement they will receive will help them create a better future for themselves.