- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The former Stanford University swimmer, whose sentence in a sexual assault case caused public uproar and sparked a recall effort for the presiding judge, is scheduled to be released from jail Friday.

Santa Clara County jail records show Friday is the release date for Brock Turner, meaning the 20-year-old will have served half of the six-month jail sentence handed down by Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky.

Early releases from jail for good behavior are common in California, according to the Los Angeles Times, which reports that in 2014 more than 13,500 inmates were granted early release to relieve overcrowding in the local facilities.

Turner was convicted in March of three felony counts related to the January 2015 attack: assault with intent to commit rape of an unconscious person, sexual penetration of an unconscious person, and sexual penetration of an intoxicated person. He faced up to 14 years in prison as a result of the conviction, though prosecutors had recommended a sentence of six years.

The case gained widespread notoriety after a poignant 7,000-word statement, which the 23-year-old sexual assault victim read at the sentencing, was published online. After attending a fraternity party, the woman was attacked while unconscious behind a garbage bin. Passersby saw Turner on top of the woman and intervened.

The woman’s supporters started a recall effort against Judge Persky, saying the sentence given to Turner was too lenient.

Last week, Judge Persky announced that he would be transferring from criminal to civil court in order to limit future distractions regarding his oversight of cases.

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