A new survey has answered the very important question: which state has the happiest mugshots? Sadly, "Which state has the hottest mugshots?" was not researched for the survey, though it's clear with mugshots from the internet-dubbed Prison Bae and prisoner-turned-model Jeremy Meeks the hot mugshot trend will never die and eventually the aforementioned question will be answered.
The survey was conducted by Los Angeles-based DUI and criminal defense firm Aizman Law Firm. Explaining the survey Aizman wrote on its website that it looked at 30,000 mugshots from all across the country and ran it through Microsoft Cognitive Services, "A tool that can detect emotions," wrote Aizman. The tool helped assess a person's emotions in their mugshots detecting: happiness, anger, sadness, and most surprised. The tool also helped determine which alleged crimes were more likely to lead to specific emotions, for example in the survey DUI was one of the crimes most likely to cause a sad mugshot.
Because of the small number of mugshots examined it's safe to be skeptical of the survey, but before you count it out let's breakdown the survey's findings.
As seen in the chart above showing the most common emotions shown in mugshots happiness is the most common with a whopping 59 percent. According to the survey, the state with the happiest mugshots is North Carolina. Following North Carolina in the the top five states with the happiest mugshots are: Nevada, Indiana, Maine, and New York. The crimes one is most likely to smile about include resisting arrest and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
That girl smiling in the chart showing the overall emotions in mugshots is the so-called "Cute Drug Kingpin" who was seen smiling after being caught selling cocaine, ecstasy, meth, and more. It was later learned her dad was in the DEA and was probably the reason she didn't look terrified at all.
The saddest mugshot state is Virginia. And in case you were wondering why the dude above is crying in his mugshot, here you go.
Maryland is the state with the angriest mugshots and Hawaii is the state with the most surprised. Other emotions surveyed but not included here: "Fear" and "Disgust."