Update: Brock Turner has been released from jail on Friday at the Santa Clara County Jail shortly after 6 a.m., CNN reports.
He bowed his head and went past reporters as he was preparing to enter a white SUV.
Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith said, "We don't know who picked him up or where he's going, but we're done with him. He should be in prison right now, but he's not in our custody."
Turner's early release received a swarm of fervid backlash on Twitter.
Brock Turner is not a swimmer— Funny Tweets (@FunnyThingsUK) September 2, 2016
Brock Turner he is a convicted rapist. pic.twitter.com/HUzomOAQ2w
🗣 & martha stewart was in jail longer than brock turner. smh that disgusting prick.— gennyy. ☽ ❁ (@genandjoose_) September 2, 2016
hope everyone has a great day except brock turner he can die— stephen (@byestephen) September 2, 2016
Hi, I'm Brock Turner. pic.twitter.com/vHfSXPMG6s— cassie wilson (@CassieTheWilson) September 2, 2016
Brock Turner is continuing to get away with an even more lenient sentencing for his sexual assault charge.
Turner sexually assaulted an unconscious, intoxicated woman when she was behind a trash can near a fraternity party.
The former Stanford University swimmer will be released from prison this Friday after serving just three months in Santa Clara County Jail instead of the original six-month sentencing, The Huffington Post reports.
During the sentencing in court earlier this year, he was originally faced with up to 14 years in jail and prosecutors wanted Turner to serve six years in jail. Instead, he was sentenced to six months, and now it dwindled down to a shocking three months in prison, according to Rolling Stone.
His decreased sentencing and early departure was due to good behavior he exhibited before even entering his jail cell.
The sexual assault victim’s written letter to Turner that she read aloud stated, “You don’t know me, but you’ve been inside of me, and that’s why we’re here today…Your damage was concrete, stripped of titles, degrees, enrollment. My damage was internal, unseen, I carry it with me. You took away my worth, my privacy, my energy, my time, my safety, my intimacy, my confidence, my own voice, until today.”
The good news out of this tragic situation is that California lawmakers recently passed legislation that would require a minimum three-year, mandatory jail sentence for sexual assault cases similar to Turner’s.
Brock Turner’s extremely light sentencing for sexual assault proves that white privilege is powerful and will not cease to exist in our country and unfortunately, rape culture is continuing to be a phenomenon around the world.
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