Despite headline-grabbing efforts by police and prosecutors, Brazil continues to fall in the international “corruption perception” ranking. The ranking for 2017 was released Wednesday by private research group Transparency International. Brazil fell from 79th place in 2016 to 96th place in 2017. The ranking is based on how local residents view corruption in their respective countries. Grading is from 1 to 100, with low scores indicating that citizens are aware of frequent corruption. Brazil’s 2017 score was 37, down from 40 in 2016. Brazilian police, prosecutors and judges have been working hard against official and business corruption in recent years, scoring convictions against top executives, government officials and even a former president. However, according to Transparency International, Brazilians are still worried about corruption and see it as rampant in their society.
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