Louisiana is the nation’s most corrupt state if you count the rate of public corruption convictions of government officials in the last decade, says the New Orleans Times Picayune, quoting the news website Business Insider. Between 2002 and 2011, Louisiana convicted 403 government officials of crimes “involving abuses of the public trust,” according to Justice Department data. This amounts to 8.76 convictions per 100,000 people, the U.S. highest.
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 from 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.