Skip to comments.Louisiana's rate of public corruption convictions highest in nation, report says
Posted on 09/04/2013 3:54:18 PM PDT by BBell
Louisiana is the nation's most corrupt state if you count the rate of public corruption convictions of government officials in the last decade, the news website Business Insider reported Tuesday.
Between 2002 and 2011, Louisiana convicted 403 government officials of crimes "involving abuses of the public trust," according to the DOJ data. This amounts to 8.76 convictions per 100,000 people, the highest rate in the country.
Of the state's three federal court districts, the Eastern had by far the most convictions at 247. The district encompasses 13 parishes including Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John and St. Tammany.
While the Eastern boasts the most convictions, it does not have the highest population of the three district. That title belongs to the Western District, with a population around 500,000 more than the Eastern District.
Business Insider reported Florida, with 618 convictions, had the most overall; but its rate was much lower than Louisiana's at 3.28 per 100,000 people. The Dakotas rounded out the list of the states with the highest conviction rates.
A report released by the Better Government Association in August ranked Louisiana as the sixth best on their annual "integrity index," which looks at each state's freedom of information, open meeting, conflict of interest and whistleblower laws. However, the BGA stressed the index looks only at the laws on the books and not "their implementation."
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Wow, totally fascinating that nola.com still managed to figure out a way to turn this article into an attack on Jindal even though he was instrumental in getting the laws passed that are enabling this corruption to be rooted out. No wonder the TP is imploding: it simply can’t stop itself when it comes to blatant “progressive” bias.
New York would be the most corrupt state—if they convicted everyone.
‘Half the state is under water and half the politicians are under indictment!’
60 years ago in NM, we used to say " Thank goodness for Louisiana" - the only State that was and is more corrupt.
That's only because the crooks in Chicago and New Jersey don't usually get convicted.
Speaking of corrupt Louisiana politicians, I hear Edwin Edwards is a father all over again... at age 85.
We’ve had a lot of convictions because we’re getting better about fighting corruption.
The list should be labeled “States with the highest convictions for corruption”.
Ideally, you’d need some kind of polling or aggregation of complaints to see which has the most corruption.