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Based on certain crime statistics, a possible a correlative relationship between race (ethnicity) and crime and its possible causes has been discussed in late 19th century scientific racism.

Historically, research that argues from genetic determinism has been represented by the works of the Francis Galton, Cesare Lombroso and Samuel George Morton. Instead of a racial basis for crime, some modern research claims that crime is a product of social conditions, citing judicial and institutional racism as the reason for the correlative link between race and crime. Some others dispute the 100% social explanation as Political Correctness bias.

In the 1990s, genetic determinism made a popular resurgence with works like The Bell Curve by Richard J. Hernstein and Charles Murray, and Race, Evolution, and Behavior by J. Philippe Rushton. Criticisms of genetic determinism can be found in the work Stephen Jay Gould, Axel Kahn, Jay Joseph, and the American Psychological Association.

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