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Letter to Judiciary Committees on Enhancements Addressed in Proposed Sentencing Reforms (March 2016)
Letter from Rick Jones (Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem Executive Director), Alex Bunin (Harris County, TX, Public Defender), Lisa Schreibersdorf (Brooklyn Defender Services Executive Director), and Jeff Adachi (San Francisco Public Defender) to the House and Senate Judiciary Committees regarding proposed sentencing reforms that adjust how enhancements are determined, as addressed in Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015 (S. 2123) and Sentencing Reform Act of 2015 (H.R. 3713).
United States v. Rodriquez
NACDL amicus curiae brief in support of respondent.
Argument: The ACCA’s focus on the particular “offense” for which a defendant was previously convicted dictates that the top of the state’s standard sentencing range for that offense is the statutory maximum for that offense.