California mandatory prison bill passes after Stanford sexual assault

August 31, 2016
Brock Turner

Brock Turner

The California State Assembly voted 66-0 in favor of a bill that would mandate prison sentences for anyone convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious person. The bill now heads to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk. [NPR]

In June, former Stanford student and swimmer, Brock Turner, received a six-month jail sentence and three years of probation after being convicted of three felony counts of sexually assaulting an intoxicated and unconscious woman. Turner sexually penetrated the woman with his fingers at a fraternity party.

Protests erupted following Turner’s sentencing, which critics said was too lenient. The sentence also led to a campaign to recall the judge. More than 1 million people have reportedly signed a petition calling for the judge’s removal from the bench.

After serving half of his six-month sentence, Turner is due to be released from jail on Friday, based on good behavior.

California law currently mandates a prison sentence when physical force is used in the course of a rape. Under the new law, the perpetrator would not have to use force against the intoxicated or unconscious person in order to receive prison time.

Assemblyman Bill Dodd (D-Napa), who is one of the authors of the bill, said state laws need to change to reflect the terrible nature of the crime.

“Sexually assaulting an unconscious or intoxicated victim is a terrible crime and our laws need to reflect that,” Dodd said. “Letting felons convicted of such crimes get off with probation discourages other survivors from coming forward and sends the message that raping incapacitated victims is no big deal.”


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9 Comments

  1. Cali says:

    Doesn’t Prop 57 make the rape of an unconscious person a “non-violent” crime, allowing a shorter prison sentence??

    (5) 7 Total Votes - 6 up - 1 down
    • Russ J says:

      Yes it does. The wealthy Santa Barbara resident and Max Factor heir, Andrew Luster who in the 90’s raped and video taped dozens young of women while they were passed out on GHB would be eligible for parole under prop 57. Jerry Brown supports proposition 57 – ain’t that sweet?

      (4) 4 Total Votes - 4 up - 0 down
  2. Pelican1 says:

    Hey Brock, Karma is a bitch! You will eventually be punished appropriately for your despicable crime.

    (4) 8 Total Votes - 6 up - 2 down
  3. doglover says:

    too late! too Late!

    (8) 8 Total Votes - 8 up - 0 down
  4. surferdude says:

    White privilege at its ugliest!

    (-9) 29 Total Votes - 10 up - 19 down
  5. dogeatdog says:

    About time someone starts realizing the serious nature of rapist. How this punk only got 6 months and then got off early with good time is just revolting to me.

    Brock, remember do unto others as you would have others do unto you. You are a punk through and through and you did not pay for the crime you committed.

    (16) 20 Total Votes - 18 up - 2 down

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