Will Brock Turner Be On House Arrest? His Probation Sentence Could Have Been Much Less Lenient
On Friday, Sept. 2, Brock Turner is expected to leave the county jail, where he has served just three months of his six-month sentence, but the unfortunate news doesn't end there. Turner received the sentence in June after he was convicted on three counts of felony sexual assault of a fellow Stanford student in 2015. And if you're wondering where he may end up next, it doesn't seem like Turner will be put on house arrest following his release from jail.
House arrest is usually recommended as an alternative to jail time, but in Turner's case, his sentence being cut in half doesn't really have a "catch." His sentence has remained controversial since it was handed down by Judge Aaron Persky in June. Although the California prosecutor in Turner's case had sought a harsher six-year stint in federal prison, Persky sent Turner out of the courtroom with six months in a county jail, where he'd likely be eligible for early release with a little something called "good behavior." That early release will get him freed from jail on Friday, a whole three months shy of his full sentence, which had clearly already started out shorter than many had hoped. Persky is currently facing a recall campaign for the sentence.
Beyond Friday, it's not clear what Turner will do with his freedom. According to his original sentence, he'll have to serve three years of probation following his release. Under California code, Turner can be required to meet regularly with a probation officer, perform community service, and pay restitution to his victim during this probation period.
It's also unclear what all of Turner's probation will entail specifically, but he will be subjected to random drug and alcohol testing during that time, according to The Associated Press. He will also have to attend drug and alcohol counseling sessions — a requirement that was added to his probation after the court found out that Turner had lied about his previous drug and alcohol use. And in line with the judge's ruling, Turner's sentence will also require him to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
Although he'll have certain restrictions, it looks like Turner will be able to serve his probation without being put on house arrest. At least, that requirement has not been specifically reported in relation to Turner's case. In other words, he'll remain relatively unrestricted — at least compared to his time in jail — for the remainder of his sentence.
One place that Turner won't spend his newly regained free time is the Stanford University campus. The university that he previously attended banned him from campus within two weeks of the incident, which occurred in January 2015. Instead, he'll be traveling back home to Ohio — and far away from the woman he sexually assaulted.