>> California governor Jerry Brown on Friday, signing laws to get tough on sexual assault. Broadening the legal definition of rape beyond just non consensual sexual intercourse. And mandating prison sentences for the crime of sexual assault on an unconscious victim. The bills were sparked by the headline grabbing case of former Stanford swimmer, Brock Turner.
Sentenced to six months in jail, and served only three, for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman on campus last year. The victim's 7,200 word letter addressing her attacker went viral. Stirring up national outrage, and sparking a petition to oust the presiding judge from the bench. Prison reform advocates criticise mandatory minimum sentences for taking away judicial discretion.
Governor Brown has for years cooperated in a federally ordered effort, to reduce the states massive prison population. Noting in a signing message, that while he opposes mandatory minimum sentences, this bill quote, brings a measure of parity to sentencing for criminal acts, that are substantially similar.