Brock Turner To Be Met By Protesters At Early Release

SAN JOSE (CBS ) — Final security plans are underway for Friday’s release of former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner, who will walk out of Santa Clara County’s main jail, after serving half of his six-month sentence for sexual assault.

The Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith told KPIX 5 that Turner will walk out of jail sometime between 5 a.m. and 9 a.m. Friday morning.


When he walks out of the front doors of the jail, he’ll likely walk right into protesters.

“I think protesters are going to be angry,” said Smith. “I think a lot of people are angry over this case.”

Turner sexually assaulted a drunk woman outside a fraternity party last year. He faced several years behind bars, but instead was only sentenced to a half a year in jail.

Many called the sentence a slap on the wrist.

“We’re calling attention to the short sentence Mr. Turner got,” said Stanford Professor Michele Dauber. “Three months is not a sentence for a major felony, let alone three felony sex crimes.”


Dauber is not only organizing a protest outside the jail Friday morning. She has also led the recall campaign against Aaron Persky, the judge who sentenced Turner to six months in jail.

She wants her message to be heard loud and clear.

“The message is that Judge Persky should be recalled by the voters of Santa Clara County,” explained Dauber. “He has a long standing pattern of bias in cases of sexual assault particularly involving collegiate athletes.”

The Santa Clara County Sheriff told KPIX 5 Turner’s case may be high profile, but he won’t get any special treatment.

When he is released, he will walk out of the front doors of the jail like everyone else.

“He should not be treated any different than anyone else. We obviously have to keep people safe,” said Smith. “He’s going to walk out the front door we’ve treated this case just like we treat every other person being released from custody”))

But on Thursday, a portion of the public won’t treat him like every other inmate. They’ll voice their disgust with his short sentence and early release.

Even the sheriff agrees with those who have criticized the brief sexual assault sentence.

“It’s too light a sentence for a rapist, and but we’re just going to make sure that the public and everyone that’s there is safe on the morning he’s released,” said Smith.

After his release, Turner is reportedly heading back to Ohio where he’s from to finish out his probation.

When he walks out of jail, he will be handed back everything he entered custody with. Once he moves back home to Ohio, he’ll have five days to meet his probation officer.

KPIX 5 legal analyst Judge LaDoris Cordell says it’s the beginning of the legal cloud that will hang over Turner for the rest of his life.

“Once you’re caught up in the criminal justice system, particularly with a form of probation, it’s very hard to get out from under and you better be perfect,” said Cordell.

The conditions of his three year probation include random drug tests, drug and alcohol counseling and registering as a sex offender.

If he violates any of those conditions, a judge could send him to prison.

“My hope is that he takes these conditions very seriously. This is not a joke,” said Cordell.

As far as registering as a sex offender, Turner will have to report his address to the local police department once a year, or whenever he moves, for the rest of his life.

His name will appear on the Megan’s Law website where every potential employer, landlord, neighbor and anyone he’s dating can easily see his name and picture forever.

“No, things are not gonna be easy, I just don’t want people to lose sight of the fact that, while he got a very light jail sentence; I think it was light in my view, he still has these other things,” said Cordell. “One in particular, registering as a sex offender. This man is just in his 20s. He’s going to be registering for the rest of his life. He’s a marked man. He’s a marked man wherever he goes.”

When turner walks out, Cordell said she hopes protesters will be peaceful.

“It matters not to me what people say, it is important how it said that it’s not done in a violent way, in a violent fashion,” said Cordell. “It is my view that and my hope that the protest tomorrow, If there are any, will be peaceful, people will state their views, Whatever their views are.”


One Comment

  1. N8 says:

    I think he should immediately be beaten by a mob for 20 minutes straight. It’s just 20 minutes of action after all, no biggie, right pops?

  2. Eric says:

    I agree with longer sentences, but this “system” seriously erodes other people’s rights the way it is initiated AFTER a sentence is complete. The sex offender law/registry is unfair and probably unconstitutional. Nothing legally or morally justifies taking away anyone’s constitutional rights, publicly shaming them and their families forever, and making their rehabilitation impossible. But that’s precisely what we have done with the notorious sex offender registry, which now includes nearly 800,000 people. This totally ignores whether an individual has been rehabilitated. It is meant to be a lifelong stigma. If lawmakers really wanted to strike a blow for human rights, they’d repeal the entire sex offender list. Or replace it with a smaller list of only the most potentially dangerous and violent offenders. We can’t lower taxes without eliminating wasteful spending on programs that simply don’t serve the public effectively. It’s often said we need to lock up only those we are afraid of, not those we are mad at. That’s a matter of simple justice, and may apply even more to those who have served their sentences, and who we would, nevertheless, publicly stigmatize.

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