UltraViolet Responds to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Proposal of Mandatory Minimum Sentences for Rapists

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, June 22, 2016
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UltraViolet Responds to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Proposal of Mandatory Minimum Sentences for Rapists

Statement from Nita Chaudhary, co-founder of UltraViolet:

“We agree with Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen that Judge Persky’s sentencing of Brock Turner is an outrage, and that too often rapists spend little to no time in jail for their crimes. However, his proposal of mandatory minimum sentencing for rapists is not only bad policy generally, but also the wrong solution for this case.

“Rosen’s proposal also does nothing to hold Judge Persky – a man who chose to protect a privileged white athlete and rapist over the survivor of his crimes – accountable for his decision.

“While it is long past time that our justice system take the crime of rape seriously, we need judges who focus on finding justice for rape survivors, not the re-hashing of bad policies that rig the system against poor people and people of color.”

Watch Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen’s press conference here: https://www.periscope.tv/w/1lPKqzAXbAlGb

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