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Dharun Ravi Is Released from Jail

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After serving 20 days of his 30-day sentence that began May 31, Dharun Ravi is a free man.

Ravi, the former Rutgers University student found guilty of bias intimidation and invasion of privacy that resulted in the suicide of his roommate, Tyler Clementi, was released Tuesday morning.

According to the Newark Star-Ledger, Ravi’s jail sentence was reduced by 10 days because of good behavior. Reports say he did not speak to reporters after his release but instead climbed into a vehicle and was taken to his parents’ home.

Ravi, an Indian-American who lives in Plainsboro, N.J., will not face the threat of deportation, federal immigration authorities said Monday, reports the Star-Ledger. The 20-year-old still faces 300 hours of community service as part of his sentence.

While in college in September 2010, Ravi used a webcam on his computer to secretly film Clementi, 18, having a sexual encounter with another man in the dorm room the two shared, and later joked about the incident through text messages and Twitter posts.

On May 30, Ravi issued an apology for the first time since the case began, saying in a statement: “My behavior and actions, which at no time were motivated by hate, bigotry, prejudice or desire to hurt, humiliate or embarrass anyone, were nonetheless the wrong choices and decisions. … I apologize to everyone affected by those choices.”