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By Robert McClendon, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune 
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Louisiana is, by one measure, the most corrupt state in the country, reports statistics blog FiveThirtyEight.

The state has had more politicians convicted in federal court than any other in the modern era, when counted as a share of total population.

The study underpinning the report sought to measure corruption by counting up federal convictions between 1976 and 2010. Louisiana had 960 over that stretch, about 25 per year. That works out to about 2 convictions for every 10,000 residents, the highest per-capita rate in the country.

In terms of the absolute number politicians sent to the clink, New York takes the crown.

As the piece points out, measuring only federal corruption convictions doesn't capture the whole picture. What about prosecutions in state court, such as the one launched against former Orleans Parish juvenile judge Yolanda King?

There is no central tracking of such prosecutions, so it would be a nightmare to tally them across the country, but it would be interesting to see how Louisiana stacks up against other states on a more holistic statistical measure.

 

 
 
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