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Jaycee Dugard Files Claims Against CA State Corrections

By Kamika Dunlap on March 01, 2010 2:01 PM

Jaycee Dugard, who along with her two daughters was allegedly held captive by convicted sex offender Phillip Garrido, has filed claims against the California state corrections department.

The claims are against the state of California for failures by parole agents to properly investigate Dugard's 1991 kidnapping and years of captivity.

According to the Associated Press, the claims typical precede lawsuits in which victims have six months from the time of the incident to file a personal injury claim against the state.

The claims were officially filed by the state Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board, which cites various lapses by the state corrections department.

As previously discussed, a 45-page report by the California Inspector General's Office lays the blame on the state's department of Corrections, saying it repeatedly failed to supervise and train the agents responsible for Garrido. In addition, the report says parole officials missed repeated opportunities to discover Dugard and Garrido's other victims.

Dugard's claims were submitted in a two-page form and claim "psychological, physical and emotional" damages, officials said.

Dale Kinsella is a Santa Monica based attorney listed on the form. His clients have included the retired boxer Mike Tyson, Sean Connery, Jennifer Lopez, Sean Penn and Julia Roberts.

The forms do not specific a dollar amount but state that damages exceed $25,000.

As previously discussed, Phillip Garrido and his wife Nancy pleaded not guilty and have been charged with raping, abducting and imprisonment of Dugard.

Garrido also was convicted in the 1976 kidnapping and rape of a South Lake Tahoe woman, and served more than a decade in federal prison. He was released from prison in 1988 and placed under federal supervision until 1999, when California took over.

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