Brock Turner may have been released from jail three months early, but he isn't escaping any criticism from the public. Over the weekend, protesters gathered outside Turner's Ohio home, awaiting his return from the west coast. Turner was released from the Santa Clara County jail in California on Friday, just halfway into his six-month sentence for the 2015 rape of an unconscious woman — and his release has not gone unnoticed.
Turner, the former Stanford University student and swimmer, was convicted of the rape back in March and sentenced in June. He could have been sentenced to several years in prison, but the judge in Turner's case instead handed down a six-month stint in the county jail. Turner was released on Friday before daylight, with video footage from his release showing the undeniable public attention that Turner's case has garnered. As he walked out of the police facility and to a waiting car, Turner was crowded by cameras and flashes.
According to ABC, Turner seems to have stayed at a hotel in Mountain View, California, with his mother on Friday night after his release. Meanwhile, a group of protestors bearing signs — and sometimes weapons — assembled outside of his family's home near Dayton, Ohio. By Sunday, photos showed that Turner had indeed returned home.
The protesters were clearly not happy to see Turner return to their neighborhood, particularly after just three months behind bars. They carried signs with messages such as, "Castrate rapists." Some protestors also carried weapons, as Ohio allows gun owners to openly carry their firearms.
Aside from the protestors outside of his family's home, Turner also won't escape the rest of his sentence. Although he has been released from jail, he'll serve three years of probation in Ohio, and he must register as a sex offender in the state. During the probation, Turner will undergo counseling and he'll be prohibited from owning a firearm or ammunition. While Turner is registered as a sex offender, people living within 1,250 feet of his home address will be notified through the mail. The protestors who have already gathered outside his home clearly don't need a postcard to explain the situation to them, though.
Turner isn't the only one facing protest for his case. Back in California, protestors assembled outside the Santa Clara County jail to show their disdain for Judge Aaron Persky, who handed down Turner's sentence. Those protestors would reportedly like to see Persky removed from office for his treatment of the rape case — and even politicians got involved. Whether or not the protests yield any tangible results remains to be seen, but the California legislature has passed a bill that could affect future sentences.