[Infographic] America’s Most Corrupt States
Most corrupt states : A new analysis from the University of Chicago has revealed the cities and states in the United States with the highest levels of public-sector corruption.
The research is based on an analysis of public corruption figures released by the US Department of Justice, and was co-authored by UIC professor and political advisor Dick Simpson.
Over the last 10 years, there have been 19,634 public corruption convictions across all states and Federal Judicial Districts in the United States.
695 public officials, federal employees, and government contractors were found guilty of public corruption in 2018.
According to the study, Chicago remains the most corrupt city in the United States, with 1,750 public corruption convictions recorded by the Illinois-Northern Judicial District between 1976 and 2018.
Los Angeles came in second with 1,547, followed by New York’s Southern Judicial District with 1,360.
The data also shows how widespread the problem is in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Between 1976 and 2018, D.C. had the highest number of public corruption convictions per 10,000 residents (16.79).
This is owing to a number of variables, including a relatively small population, as well as the fact that it is the seat of national government and home to the Department of Justice.
Almost all of the country’s governmental agencies are housed there, along with big teams of government workers who can monitor and investigate crimes.
Louisiana is second on the list of per capita convictions with 2.62 per 10,000 people, while Illinois is third with 1.66 because to the high number of violations in Chicago.
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