Leslie Van Houten released

Ex-Manson follower Leslie Van Houten released from prison after 53 years

Leslie Van Houten, a former member of the Manson Family cult, has indeed been released from prison after serving 53 years for her involvement in the 1969 murders of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca. The news of her release came on July 11, 2023.

Initially sentenced to death, Van Houten’s sentence was later commuted to life imprisonment. Over the years, her parole hearings were repeatedly denied. However, in May of 2023, a state appeals court overturned the previous denials and ruled that Van Houten should be freed.

During her time in prison, Van Houten demonstrated remarkable progress and personal growth. She earned a master’s degree, actively participated in mental health programs, and maintained a clean disciplinary record. Her attorney emphasized her remorse for her actions and her dedication to reform.

It is worth noting that Governor Gavin Newsom, despite opposing her release, decided not to appeal the court’s decision. Van Houten’s case has shed light on the flaws in the parole process for elderly incarcerated individuals and has sparked a broader conversation about the release of aging prisoners serving lengthy sentences, which has become a humanitarian issue.

Leslie Van Houten’s story and her involvement in the Manson Family have attracted significant media attention. Various films and TV series have depicted her character, with different actresses portraying her in these portrayals.

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