In the email to supporters last Friday:
[Garrett] claimed that if the “three strikes” bill had been in place in May 2008, 78 lives wold have been saved, as 78 killers would have been prevented from killing their victims.
Mr Garrett had received a letter from Rethinking Crime and Punishment Director, Kim Workman a week earlier, with official information from the Department of Corrections confirming that none of the none 423 prisoners currently serving life sentences had three qualifying sentences for serious violent offences (or strikes) prior to their most recent life sentence, under the proposed legislation. That included the 78 lifers with three previous convictions for serious violence.
“What beggars belief is that after being informed that none of the lifers in prison would have been effected by the legislation, he then deliberately misled his own supporters”, said Kim Workman. “I can understand that a parliamentarian might choose to confuse or mislead his opponents. That he should choose to confuse and mislead his supporters, is incomprehensible.”
Surely Garrett must be on his own third strike by now.