Corrupt Politicians

A little bit fun, a little bit data, 100 % great web app. Check out this neat presentation of public corruption cases state-by-state.

It’s worth noting that Tennessee ranks ninth, with 35 convictions of public officials from 1996 through 2007, or 2.9 for every 500,000 people. Arkansas ranks 19th, with 10 convictions; Mississippi has had only seven convictions and ranks 31st.

I wonder though how accurate the data interpretation is. Are these really rankings of the corruption of state officials, are these rankings more reflective of law enforcement efficacy, or is that like asking which came first, the chicken or the egg?

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grant smith
Hi. I’m a freelance journalist and data specialist living in NJ/NYC. I like to play outside.

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