Is Tennessee more corrupt than most other states, or are law enforcement officials here just better at catching crooks?
A new study released by Business Insider shows the Volunteer State as being one of the more corrupt states in the country.
The publication used Justice Department data to rank states based on the number of public corruption convictions that had been recorded per 100,000 people.
Tennessee came out at No. 17, well above average.
Data used for the survey is not quite up-to-date—covering a period between 2002 and 2011. Although Tennessee's ranking leaves something to be desired, it's better than many of its neighboring states, including Kentucky (No. 4), Mississippi (No. 7) and Alabama (No. 8).
The most corrupt state in the nation? Louisiana, with nearly nine convictions per 100,000 people.
The least? South Carolina, closely following Washington and Oregon.
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