Two Lubbock men have drug sentences commuted by President Obama

Published: Aug. 3, 2016 at 7:28 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 3, 2016 at 7:31 PM CDT
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WASHINGTON, DC (KCBD) - Two Lubbock men were included on a list of people who had their sentences commuted by President Obama on Wednesday.

Raul Camargo Flores and Arnold Ray Jones both had their sentences commuted to expire on Aug. 3, 2018, on condition that they enroll in residential drug treatment.

Flores was caught with less than 50 grams of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and aiding and abetting. He was sentenced to 292 months imprisonment, 10 years supervised release on Feb. 7, 2003.

Jones was charged with distribution of less than 50 grams of cocaine base and aiding and abetting. He was originally sentenced to 235 months imprisonment; four years supervised release on Nov. 22, 2002.

The men were on a list of 214 people who had their sentences commuted for similar offenses.

That's more than the last nine presidents combined and the most in a single day in over a century, the White House said. Obama has now commuted the sentences of 562 people, more than any other president.

The White House released a statement that the majority of Obama's commutations were for people "incarcerated under outdated sentencing laws." Most were incarcerated for non-violent drug crimes, the White House said.

Some of those pardoned on Wednesday will have their sentences reduced, while others will be released from prison. Sixty-seven were serving life sentences.

"This is a country that agrees in second chances," the president said in a quote issued in a tweet by @WhiteHouse.

Obama has said that the U.S. needs to do something to rectify the harsh sentences that put thousands of people in jail for too long. He has called on Congress to pass legislation that would have a more significant impact on the problem.

Those released Wednesday were "incarcerated under outdated and unduly harsh sentencing laws..." said White House counsel Neil Eggleston.

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