Dugard sues feds over failure to monitor abductor
By BROOKE DONALD - Associated Press | AP
MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Jaycee Dugard sued the federal government Thursday for failing to monitor the convicted sex offender who kidnapped her and held her captive for 18 years.
The complaint filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco said the mistakes by federal parole officers in the handling of Phillip Garrido's case are as "outrageous and inexcusable as they are numerous."
Had federal parole officers done their jobs, Dugard's lawyers allege, Dugard and her daughters would not have had to endure their years of captivity in a ramshackle compound tucked inside Garrido's Antioch backyard.
http://news.yahoo.com/dugard-sues-feds- … 59991.html
she deserves as much as she can get..all the money won't give her all those stolen years back but she will never fully recover to become her full potential and will need the money..
As I traveled across the country, about a month ago, I listed to the Jaycee Dugard story on cd. I was absolutely floored by the way that his parole officers failed to see that one of their offenders was holding a young woman prisoner for all those years. They should be sued, and the system needs to be changed to allow for mandatory home and property searches every couple of months or so.
There are some logistical problems with the solutions offered so far, but the one thing that would get the attention of officers responsible to monitor these criminals is for the ones responsible for this particular incident to be held accountable, prosecuted, and jailed without parole. Letting that set a precedent and putting the rest of the officers on nationwide notice that the same will happen to them if they don't do their jobs would make a difference.
It is an evil work those officers have done and I am reminded of Ecclesiastes 8:11--"Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil." It would be nice if everyone did what is right, but we live in a fallen world full of people who need motivation to do what is right. In this case, a firm stand against the wrong done would be a great motivation for such officers, and perhaps all of the system's workers.
While that would initiate a clean up of some of the problems, it's not the perfect answer, and even that probably won't happen, but until we whose tax money pays for all this, including the payment of the lawsuit, speak up, step up, and demand changes, the system will continue as is.
Instead of a lawsuit, it would be a wonderful thing if our nation's people--our national community--set up a fund to provide for her out of compassion and mercy to help meet her needs including the counseling she and her family will continue to need. All that said, the need for a real solution reaches beyond this one person.
The need is a reformation in societal thinking that begins in individual hearts and minds, and reaches into our state and national legislative halls. It has to begin from the roots up by individuals agreeing with God. With that foundation, the wisdom that calls to us from Proverbs 4 will be our Friend, for God is faithful to His Word, and we would be able to respond to situations with common sense for our day and time.
Taking the whole counsel of God's Word to heart, we could have a real beginning by searching out what He means in 2 Chronicles 7:14--"If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land."
God offers so much to a believing heart!
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