Race is one of the correlates of crime receiving attention in academic studies, government surveys, media coverage, and public concern. Because of the inconsistent definition of "race" across countries, it is difficult to compare the situation internationally. Race being a complex superposition of societal and biological factors, a given correlation of race and crime can not immediately be correlated to either environmental or genetic factors, leaving wide room for interpretation and both scholarly and political controversy.
In the United Kingdom, under the Criminal Justice Act 1991, section 95, the government collects annual statistics based on race and crime.[n 1]
Edward Clary was an African American man who was arrested for possession with intent to distribute 67.76 g of cocaine base. Clary was 18 and a first-time offender. He pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and therefore sentenced to a minimum of 10 years in federal prison. However, Clary’s lawyers argued that the law is irrational and it is deliberate as to discriminate against African Americans since approximately 93 % of crack offenders were black. The argument continues, providing longer sentences for possession of crack cocaine than for the identical amount of powder cocaine.