Re "State Must Reexamine Manson Follower," June 4: So Superior Court Judge Bob N. Krug needs the state Board of Prison Terms to be more specific about the reasons for denying convicted murderer Leslie Van Houten parole, stating that it wasn't enough merely to claim that she was unsuitable for release because of the gravity of the crime. Try telling that to Rosemary LaBianca's family.
I wasn't aware that there had to be any further reason to keep people behind bars other than for the simple fact that they broke the law. We have this sick notion in our society these days that prison is for rehabilitation. It is not. People do time behind bars to serve justice. Van Houten is in jail for her unbelievably heartless and savage crimes, not to be rehabilitated. Van Houten was originally sentenced to death. She should be on her knees thanking God every day that she was spared that fate.