Sexual predator and convicted rapist Brock Turner is going to be released from jail on Friday after only serving three months of his already minuscule six-month sentence. This is the case that seems to just get worse. California Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky has received scorn for his lenient sentencing after stating a longer prison term would have a “severe impact” on Turner, who was convicted of three felony counts in March. Persky is now facing a recall.
The LA Times reports:
Early releases are commonly given because of good behavior and because of California’s prison realignment. In 2014, The Times reported more than 13,500 inmates were being released early each month to relieve crowding in local jails.
So a dude that was convicted on three felony counts, which included raping an unconscious person, will be released from jail early for “good behavior” due to overcrowding. Unreal!
However, times they are a changing. California lawmakers have had enough. Assemblyman Bill Dodd (D-Napa) sponsored a bill alongside two other Democrats that will require mandatory sentencing for rapists. The bill was written by Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen who was appalled by the judgment of Judge Persky. The bill passed in the Assembly with a 66-0 bipartisan vote. Governor Jerry Brown is expected to sign it into law.
Dodd spoke about the needed law, saying:
Sexually assaulting an unconscious or intoxicated victim is a terrible crime and our laws need to reflect that. Letting felons convicted of such crimes get off with probation discourages other survivors from coming forward and sends the message that raping incapacitated victims is no big deal.
It’s absolutely disgusting that there are judges on the bench that need to be strong armed into actually sentencing men convicted of rape. Yet, here we are. While this is likely little consolation for Turner’s victim, it does provide hope that justice will be dealt out for other California women.
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