The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said Van Houten "was released to parole supervision."
Her release comes days after Gov. Gavin Newsom announced he would not fight a state appeals court ruling that Van Houten should be granted parole.
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Former Manson family member Leslie Van Houten reacts as members of a California prison board declare her parole denied, 28 June, 2002, at the California Institution for Women in Corona, California. Van Houten, 52, has served over 30 years in prison f
Van Houten, now in her 70s, received a life sentence for helping Manson’s followers carry out the 1969 killings of Leno LaBianca, a grocer in Los Angeles, and his wife, Rosemary.
She was released from prison in the early morning hours and driven to transitional housing, her attorney Nancy Tetreault said.