But that would have to be given the okay by the Governor. Few of us expected Governor Jerry Brown to allow Van Houten back into society. There are too many of us still alive from those days of the sensationalistic Mason murders.
No surprise, Brown overturned that Board of Parole approval. The situation remains politically charged. Do any of us want Van Houten bunking in our neighborhood? Here are the details from Reuters.
Many religions hold as a core belief that human beings can change. That's what the theory of salvation is about. But, outside the religion, where how decisions are made in real life, very few seem to assume that those committing serious crimes can do a 180.
At his parole hearing, Son of Sam argued that he had changed and was now a caring human being. No, he wasn't granted parole.
At age 66, Van Houten may or may not have changed over the years. But, the odds are against her convincing those in elected office that they should take the chance and release her. Their careers are at stake.