- Associated Press - Friday, June 3, 2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - President Barack Obama is commuting the prison sentences for 42 people including two Arkansas men serving federal prison time for drug crimes.

Craig L. Watson of Jacksonville is serving a 20-year prison sentence for a 2006 conviction in the Eastern District of Arkansas on crack cocaine distribution charges. Delaine F. Berg of Imboden is serving a 30-year sentence on a 1998 conviction in the Eastern District of Missouri on conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.

Both men are now set to be released on Oct. 1.

Roughly half of those receiving commutations Friday were serving life sentences. Most are nonviolent, drug offenders, although a few also faced firearms violations.

Obama’s latest round of clemency brings to 348 the total number of sentences he’s commuted since taking office.

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