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Fairness Campaign Director Says Rutgers Student’s Sentence Is Too Light

The head of the Fairness Campaign says the the sentence is too light for a former Rutgers University student convicted of bias intimidation against his gay roommate.

Dharun Ravi used a webcam to spy on Tyler Clementi’s romantic encounter with another man. Clementi committed suicide days later, fueling a national debate over the effects of bullying.

Ravi was facing up to ten years in prison. He will serve 30 days, followed by three years of probation. Fairness groups across the country have weighed in on the sentence, with many saying it wasn’t enough.

“He was going to humiliate Tyler Clementi to such a degree that to pick up the pieces of his life would have been incredibly difficult. And the reality for Tyler Clementi is it was so difficult there was no way out except taking himself out of the world. Thirty days for that is not equal. It’s not justice,” says Fairness Campaign Director Chris Hartman.