Brock Turner, the former Stanford swimmer and now convicted rapist whose extremely lenient jail sentence sparked global outrage, will be getting out of jail this Friday.
He will have served just three months of his six month sentence, or, to look at it another way, he will have served just 1/24 of the recommended six year sentence the prosecutor was pushing for.
According to local media, this is typical of Santa Clara County inmates, who frequently serve half their jail sentences if they keep a clean record.
Turner, 20, was found guilty in March of assault with intent to commit rape of an intoxicated / unconscious person, penetration of an intoxicated person, and penetration of an unconscious person.
The sexual assault survivor’s victim impact letter was published on BuzzFeed, and kickstarted a global conversation about rape culture and the privileges of being middle class, white, and a star athlete when facing court on sexual assault charges.
Judge Aaron Persky, who gave Turner the extremely short sentence on the basis that a longer one would have a “severe impact on him”, came under enourmous criticism for his judgement.
Following public pressure, along with news of other cases where he appeared to give lenient sentences to rich, white, male criminals accused of sexual violence, he was reassigned to a civil court at his request, and will no longer hear criminal cases.
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