What they are saying about Brock Turner's release from jail

On Friday, the Stanford University swimmer sentenced to six months for sexually assaulting an unconscious coed behind a dumpster on campus, will be set free.

Brock Turner was sentenced in June to serve six months for the rape, but will be getting out of prison three months early because of “automatically applied credits" for good behavior he earned prior to sentencing.

The judge in the case, Aaron Persky, has faced demonstrations outside of his office and calls for his removal from the bench over the lenient sentence.

Here is what other media outlets are saying about Turner’s release.

Serving half of his sentence

The Washington Post

“On Friday, Brock Turner, the Stanford swimmer who was convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious classmate when he was 20 years old, is scheduled to be released from jail. On that day, he'll have spent three months in a cell - only half of his already controversial 6-month sentence. This isn't a surprise. Ever since Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky sentenced him, Turner was likely to spend three months in jail on the assumption of good behavior. Nor is it unusual, according to the Associated Press - Santa Clara County jail inmates serve half of their sentence if they maintain a clean disciplinary record.”

Judge faces recall campaign

The Los Angeles Times

“Former Stanford University student Brock Turner, who was convicted of raping a woman and sentenced to six months in jail — a penalty criticized for its leniency — is scheduled to be released from jail Friday, according to public records. If released this week from the Santa Clara County jail, Turner will have completed half the jail term imposed by Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky, who faces a recall campaign over his handling of Turner’s case. 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.”

Automatically applied credits leads to early release

The Huffington Post

"Former Stanford University student Brock Turner was arrested on Jan. 18, 2015, for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman behind a dumpster. Turner was sentenced to only six months in county jail after being convicted ofthree felony sexual assault charges in March. … The 22-year-old’s light sentence was reduced to three months before he even stepped foot in a jail cell, due to “automatically applied ‘credits’” for good behavior prior to sentencing. He was also in protective custody during his entire time behind bars. Given the charges against him, Turner had originally faced up to 14 years in prison.”

Demonstrators target judge


“The former Stanford University swimmer convicted of sexual assault is scheduled to be released from the Santa Clara County Jail Friday. Brock Turner was sentenced in June to six months in prison, but will get out three months early. The case created a huge public outcry and calls for the judge’s removal, from critics who called the judge’s punishment too light, reports CBS News correspondent John Blackstone. Week after week, demonstrators outside California’s Judicial Commission have called for the removal of Brock Turner’s sentencing judge, Aaron Persky. UltraViolet, an organization dedicated to fighting sexism and expanding women’s rights, circulated an online petition and generated nearly a million clicks against the judge.”

Guilty of three counts of sexual assault

San Francisco Chronicle 

“Brock Turner, the former Stanford University student and swimmer convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious and intoxicated woman in 2015, is expected to be released from the Santa Clara County Jail this Friday, September 2, after serving only half of his six-month sentence. …  Back in January 2015, Turner was detained for the campus assault after two graduate students saw Turner and a woman behind a garbage bin. When the 19-year-old Turner tried to flee, the two students caught him and held him down until the police arrived and made the arrest. Turner was later charged and found guilty of three felony counts of sexual assault.”