Baugh's secretary said Wednesday the judge had no comment on Rambold's release.
'We want the conversation to go nationwide'
There is one good thing about the case, NOW's Bradley said: It's brought renewed national attention to the critically important issue of violence against women.
"We want the conversation to go nationwide, so that everyone will say this behavior is not OK in my community. . ... I think everyone believes, 'In my town it can't happen, it shouldn't happen, I need to stop it,'" she said. "And you can stop it. You can stop it by going out and spreading the word."
That's why she sees a glimmer of hope in how much people are talking about the case.
"I think as long as we know that it's happening we can acknowledge it and we can do something to change it. If we don't see it and don't acknowledge it, we can't make a change at all," she said. "So I think this is important. This is so sad for the mother, this is so sad for the community, this is so sad for our state and our country. But there is hope."
The legal process
With Cherice's death, the prosecution entered into what is known as a "deferred prosecution agreement" with Rambold.
This meant that all charges against Rambold -- who admitted to one of the rape charges -- would be dismissed if he completed a sex-offender treatment program and met other requirements. One of them was to have no contact with children.
But the ex-teacher fell short of the agreement and prosecutors asked Baugh last month to sentence him to 20 years.
Baugh ruled Rambold's infractions weren't serious enough.
"He made some violations of his treatment program," the judge said. "They were more technical and not the kind you would send someone to prison for."
Hanlon said the pain of her daughter's death hasn't faded.
"I think we just get used to it, so we don't cry every day," she said, but the tears still came.