By Taylor Donnot
A man found guilty for sexually assaulting and raping a young woman who was facing over ten years in jail, was released after just 3 months with probation. Brock Turner, a registered sex offender, was found guilty of 3 counts of sexual assault and was released early for good behavior.
Turner, a former freshman varsity swimmer at Stanford University, was convicted of raping and sexually assaulting an intoxicated and unconscious woman on the Stanford campus on January 18th, 2016. The Stanford newspaper reported that the two students who caught Turner recounted they saw him on top of the unconscious woman as they rode by on bicycles. Turner fled the scene but witnesses tackled him and held him until police arrived. He was then booked at the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s department.
When brought before a judge, Turner plead not guilty and was sentenced to 6 months in jail and 3 years probation. He is not allowed to consume alcohol or drugs and can be searched at anytime without a warrant. After being released after 3 months for good behavior Laurie Smith with theSanta Clara sheriff department stated: "He will be leaving the jail exactly as everyone does," through the front door "at a normal release time."
However Smith, the Santa Clara Sheriff, also sent a letter to Jerry Brown stating that it needs to be mandatory that sexual offenders go to prison for these offenses.
Many women’s rights advocates believe that Turner’s case has proved that change is necessary. California passed a bill to try and fix the under the influence rape sentencing. According to New york Daily, The state Assembly passed bill AB 2888, the measure with a 66-0 bipartisan Vote in response to Turner's early release that a bill we be passed to stop this from happening in the future. Assembly Bill 2888, written by Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen and carried by three Bay Area lawmakers — Assemblymen Evan Low and Bill Dodd and state Sen. Jerry Hill — “seeks to eliminate that imbalance by imposing the same punishment for both crimes. It would prohibit probation in cases like Turner’s, effectively requiring jail time for anyone convicted of rape or sexual assault of an unconscious or intoxicated person,” according to the San Jose Mercury News
The Bill is now waiting on signature for governor Jerry Brown, When it is signed into law, it will make it mandatory for convicted rapists to serve their sentences with no chance of probation or early release for good behavior.
There is also a petition that has been started recall the judge so  visit https://www.change.org/p/california-state-house-impeach-judge-aaron-persky and be a part of change that is badly needed. We still need 179,243 needed to reach 1,500,000, so share and get everyone you know to make a difference!