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Letters: Finding fault in Hofstra shooting

Hofstra University students mourn Andrea Rebello during a

Hofstra University students mourn Andrea Rebello during a vigil held at the Hempstead school. (May 18, 2013) Credit: Danielle Finkelstein

As a retired New York State parole officer, I have to shake my head when I read criticisms of repeat offenders being out on the street and government not doing its job ["Praised by parole panel," News, May 23].

What do you expect, that every sentence is for life? My caseloads were full of repeat offenders. In fact, it was rare to have someone on parole without a record.

I'm very saddened by the killing of this young woman near Hofstra University, but the answer is not to keep felons locked away forever.

Charlotte Herdman, Flushing

As a Hofstra law student, I find it frightening that a crime would occur across the street from the school. But, even more jarring is the activity of Hofstra security.

At the front of the parking lot, less than a block away from where the home invasion happened, there is a security box that is supposed to house a guard. I have seen a guard there a grand total of three times: the first day of each semester I have attended the school, and during the presidential debate. On every other occasion, the box has been empty.

The only time I have seen a Hofstra security guard is when he or she is writing a parking ticket.

Having a guard in the security box would act as a deterrent for a criminal to walk onto the campus.

I urge Hofstra to get its act together regarding security. If not, I may have to continue doing what I did on Sunday: walk a nervous classmate to her car.

Jonathan Heller, Cedarhurst