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Convicted rapist Brock Turner is getting out of jail even earlier than expected

Convicted rapist and former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner is being released from jail early. He was set to serve a 6-month sentence, and instead will only be serving half, on account of his "good behavior."

Turner's lenient 6-month sentence enraged many, considering the maximum sentence for three felony sexual assault charges was 14 years in prison. Needless to say, his early release is only adding more fuel to the fire.

Since the original sentencing, the judge behind the lenient sentencing, Aaron Persky, has received all kinds of backlash, from a recall effort to an open letter from a juror. He's also been removed from a sex crimes case, excused himself from another, and requested that he move back to civil court instead of handling criminal cases.

California state legislature recently passed a bill to prevent lenient sentencing, like Turner's, in the future. It passed with a 66-0 bipartisan vote and now awaits Governor Jerry Brown's signature.

What will the new bill do exactly?

Well, for one thing, it will ensure that convicted rapists serve AT LEAST three years in jail, instead of letting judges give them leniency for whatever reason.

One of the co-authors of the bill, Democratic Assemblyman Bill Dodd, explained:

"Sexually assaulting an unconscious or intoxicated victim is a terrible crime and our laws need to reflect that,. This bill is about more than sentencing. It's about supporting victims and changing the culture on our college campuses to help prevent future crimes."

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Convicted rapist Brock Turner is getting out of jail even earlier than expected

Christina Buff

Christina is a freelance writer from a tiny town in Southern Maryland who just can't seem to figure out whether others are being sarcastic or not. She has a degree in business communication, with a focus in writing, from Stevenson University, and has written things for Severna Park Voice, Maryland Film Festival, The Villager, and Hello Giggles. Follow her on twitter @tinaBUFF where she constantly overthinks her tweets, or read her medley of musings at touchinfinity.wordpress.com.

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