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Where Ex-Rutgers Student Dharun Ravi Will Spend His Jail Sentence

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

UPDATE: A day after apologizing for the first time, a former Rutgers University student convicted of using a webcam to spy on his gay roommate gave up his right to remain free on Wednesday while New Jersey prosecutors appeal his 30-day jail sentence.

The ex-Rutgers student who was convicted of 15 counts including invasion of privacy and bias intimidation for using a webcam to spy on his gay roommate will spend next month inside a jail cell in a Northern New Jersey facility

When Dharun Ravi, 20, reports to Middlesex County Adult Correction Center to start his 30-day sentence on May 31, he will first have a medical and mental exam, de rigueur for incoming inmates, according to the Star-Ledger.

Ravi will then be assigned a room. It’s possible he will be held in a maximum security cell to protect him from the rest of the population, the paper reported. This would place him in a two-person, 15-by-10-foot cell.

The jail is blue-green concrete walls and floors with metal-framed bunk beds in a room with a view of razor-wire rimmed chain-linked fences, the Ledger reports.

Ravi will be served breakfast at 5:15 a.m., lunch at 11:30 a.m. and dinner at 5 p.m. Lights out is at 9 p.m., the paper reported.

Inmates are allowed one hour of daily recreation and are allowed to shave three times a week. There is no Internet.

Meanwhile, the Middlesex County prosecutor's office said the 30-day is "insufficient" and plans on appealing the sentence.

Prosecutor Bruce Kaplan said his office didn't request the maximum length of incarceration — 10 years — but "it was expected that his conviction on multiple offenses of invading the privacy of two victims on two separate occasions, four counts of bias intimidation against Tyler Clementi, and the coverup of those crimes, would warrant more than a 30-day jail term."

Supreme Court Judge Glenn Berman called Ravi's behavior "cold, calculated and methodically conceived."

He said he did not believe Ravi hated roommate Tyler Clementi, but believed he acted "out of colossal insensitivity."

Ravi's lawyers are also likely to appeal the conviction itself on several of the counts. They say the jury got it wrong by convicting him at all. They have until July 5 to appeal.

Brigid Bergin and the Associated Press contributed reporting

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Comments [3]

Marilyn Barrio from Healdsburg, CA

The 30-day sentence is disgusting and the judge should step down for such a decision - I wonder how he would feel if someone videtaped him in his private moments and invited everyone to watch - I'll bet he would think the punishment should be more than 30 days

May. 24 2012 11:18 AM
Carnac the Improbable from Funk-and-Wagnells Front Porch

Stick a camera in HIS cell and have his jail time broadcast live on the web. Maybe the little creep will "get it" then.

May. 23 2012 04:33 PM
Jack Jackson from Central New Jersey

Absent the death of his roommate, the sentence for this violation is appropriate even if unexpected given all of the hype in the media when the incident first occurred.

There is no proof and there can be no proof that Mr. Ravi's actions are what caused Mr. Clementi to take his own life. Those of us who think the sentence too light ought to keep that in mind.

The problem here is the media sensationalism around the first reporting of the incident. Too many of us baby-ducked on bad reporting in the early days of this case and, therefore, it is nearly impossible to have a sound opinion on the outcome.

Of course, if there had been no death at all in this case, there probably would NEVER have been any prosecution at all.

Mr. Ravi would still be guilty of the privacy violations but no prosecutor would have felt it worth pursuing.

May. 23 2012 03:22 PM

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