- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A Muscatine woman is one of eight drug convicts whose prison time has been cut short by President Barack Obama.

Obama announced Wednesday that Jennifer Regenos’ 20-year prison sentence has been commuted to expire in April. She was sentenced in 2002 on a conviction of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

The president also pardoned 12 convicts for a variety of offenses.

The commutations are the first issued under new guidelines designed to cut costs by reducing the nation’s bulging prison population and grant leniency to nonviolent drug offenders sentenced to double-digit terms. Inmates must meet certain requirements, particularly serving a sentence that, if imposed today, would be substantially shorter than what they were given at the time.

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