Punishment 9.3

3. John is an 18 year-old recent black teenager from a traditionally poor neighborhood in Pennsylvania, and was on track to be the first in his family to attend college. That is, before he was arrested for possession of crack cocaine. This arrest was John’s first offense and he claims that he was not the owner or user of the drug, but for John’s crime, Pennsylvania law requires a sentence of 10 years in jail with no possibility of parole. How should the judge approach this case?

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