With his 6-month jail sentence already drawing criticism online, Brock Turner may only serve half that amount, based on the website of the local sheriff’s office.
The Santa Clara County website lists information on inmates in its jail, including booking and release dates, all of which is publicly available information.
In Turner’s case, the website lists his release date as September 2, 2016 – just three months after his official booking date:
The Washington Post reports that it’s typical for inmates to serve only half their sentences, according to Sergeant James Jensen of the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s office. If inmates disobey orders or fight while interred, their sentence can be extended up to the length of the original sentence.
Turner was sentenced last Thursday to 6 months in jail followed by probation. He was convicted earlier this spring of three sexual assault charges: assault with the intent to commit rape, sexual penetration of an intoxicated person and sexual penetration of an unconscious person.
That was the result of a January 2015 incident in which two grad students on bikes discovered Turner – then a member of the Stanford swimming & diving team – on top of a girl behind a dumpster late at night. The grad students confronted Turner, Turner ran, and the grad students detained him, finding the girl unconscious. Turner was arrested shortly thereafter and has since been removed from the Stanford swimming program, Stanford University and barred from setting foot on campus.