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Jaycee Dugard Update: Lawmakers Pass $20 Million Settlement

Phillip Garrido, top right, Nancy Garrido, lower right, and a photo of Jaycee Dugard. (CBS/AP)

Phillip Garrido, top right, Nancy Garrido, lower right, and a photo of Jaycee Dugard. (CBS/AP)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CBS/AP) 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.

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

Dugard, her mother and daughters 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 failed to discover Dugard.

The Dugard family members claimed psychological, physical and emotional damages.

"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," Assemblyman Ted Gaines said.

Attorneys for the Dugards did not immediately respond to calls seeking comment.

Garrido and his wife, Nancy, have pleaded not guilty to charges that they kidnapped and raped the young woman.

Dugard and her children were hidden at the Garrido home in the eastern San Francisco Bay area city of Antioch, authorities said.

"Jaycee and her children, now 13 and 16, are now living in seclusion and will need many years of therapy, education and health care," said Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes.

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