Three of the 40 members of the California State Senate have been arrested this year, more than double the statewide arrest rate and higher than the rate in any of California's 25 largest cities.
State Senator Ron Calderon was arrested in February for allegedly taking bribes. State Senator Leland Yee was arrested in March for allegedly trafficking in firearms and taking bribes. State Senator Ben Hueso was arrested Friday on suspicion of drunk driving charges. A fourth senator, Roderick Wright, was convicted of perjury and voter fraud charges in January but was arrested prior to this year.
The statewide arrest rate for all Californians in 2012 was 1.3 arrests per 40 residents, according to figures from the FBI and the state Department of Justice. (If only looking at residents between the ages of 10 and 70, the arrest rate was 1.6 per 40 residents.)
This chart shows the arrest rate for the California Senate so far this year and the arrest rate for each of the state's 25 largest cities in 2012.
Source: Arrest data from California Department of Justice | Population data from U.S. Census Bureau