Brock Turner, convicted of sexual assault, set to leave jail today after just 3 months

Brock Turner, convicted of sexual assault, set to leave jail today after just 3 months

In January 2015, Brock Turner sexually assaulted an unconscious woman lying on the ground outside a frat party. Today — after serving just half of his six-month sentence — Turner was released from jail. News cameras caught the moment Turner walked out of the Santa Clara County jail where he had spent the past three months.

For many, Turner's early release is just the latest example of the so-called "Stanford rapist" receiving far too much leniency for his heinous crime. In March, Turner was convicted of assault with intent to commit rape of an intoxicated person, sexually penetrating an unconscious person with a foreign object and sexually penetrating an intoxicated person with a foreign object. Prosecutors recommended a six-year sentence. Instead, in June, he got six months in county jail — because prison could be too hard on him.

"A prison sentence would have a severe impact on him," Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky said, according to the Guardian. "I think he will not be a danger to others."

It was later discovered Turner would only serve three months of the six-month sentence.

On Twitter, many are voicing outrage over Turner's release — an emblem of the disturbingly light sentences so often received by people who commit rape and sexual assault in the U.S.


As many on Twitter are suggesting, in light of Turner's shockingly brief stay in county jail, feel free to have a read of the letter Turner's victim read to her attacker.

Sept. 2, 2016, 9:24 a.m. Eastern: This story has been updated.