Brock Turner was officially released from California jail early Friday morning, after serving three months of a six-month sentence for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman. The ex-Stanford University swimmer will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life and undergo a sex offender management program. He will also be forced to take random drug and alcohol tests as he completes his three-year probation.
Turner’s sentence was criticized by many as too lenient for the severity of his crime, especially given that the first-time offender could have faced a maximum sentence of 14 years in prison. Martha Stewart, they note, faced two more months in jail than Turner served after she was convicted of lying to federal investigators about a stock sale. Teresa Giudice of Real Housewives of New Jersey served 11 months after she was convicted of tax fraud.
Upon Turner’s release, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office issued a statement saying that Turner should have served more time, and that they are working on legislation to ensure such a scenario does not repeat itself. “Our focus today is on a bill that will require a state prison sentence, not probation, for anyone convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious person,” said the prosecutors. “With the Governor’s signature, the next Brock Turner will go to prison.”
According to RAINN, an anti-sexual violence organization, only 6 out of every 1,000 who commit sexual assault serve time in prison.
Watch video of Turner’s release from prison below.
Brock Turner walks out of jail at 6:08 a.m. and doesn't say a word before heading to SFO. http://nbcbay.com/xMIg8uY
Posted by NBC Bay Area on Friday, September 2, 2016