Lawmakers stripped out crucial reforms such as a proposal for an independent panel to review tough sentencing guidelines.
To assume that Dugard, held captive for 18 years, could have just run away is not to understand the power that captors can hold over young kidnap victims, experts say.
Her case is rare, but not unprecedented. Other women who have endured similar ordeals suggest that she must do her best to look forward.
Jaycee Dugard has been held in a Bay Area home secretly since 1991 and has had two children with her captor. But families with missing children see a silver lining: 'Don't give up.'
Few abducted children held for long periods return alive. Her case offers hope for other cold cases, as well as 'opportunities to learn.'