It took months for authorities to finally release the booking photo / mugshot for convicted Stanford rapist Brock Allen Turner. The 20-year-old was handed a six-month jail sentence for raping an unconscious, 23-year-old woman at a fraternity party. Plenty has been said about the length of the sentence, especially by Turner’s father, but the absence of his photo is what truly bothered many in the media.
Many stories were published with an image of Turner smiling for a school portrait or one of several images you could find on Google from his time at Stanford. There is an excuse for this, but it won’t give many too much confidence in the system:
Confusion over which agency’s responsibility it was to release the photo appeared to be behind its absence, the Cut reported. The Stanford Department of Public Safety initially arrested Turner. The case was then handled by the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department. Spokespeople for both agencies told the Cut and others that only the other agency could release the photo.
Turner, 20, was sentenced to six months in jail for three felony counts by Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky, far less than the six years in state prison that prosecutors had requested.