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Brenda Westberry Presents: Problem Gambling, The Criminal Justice Client and Reentry Implications

June 16, 2020 EDT @ 10:00 am - 3:15 pm


Clock Hours/Continuing Education Units: 4.5

Does gambling lead directly to criminal behaviors? Do offenders get trapped in a cycle of gambling debt and crime which then becomes a sequence of involvement in the criminal justice system resulting in income producing activities such as larceny, robbery, theft, fraud and embezzlement. According to research completed by McEvoy and Spirgen, about 33% of prisoners report gambling while incarcerated even though in the United States, prisons and jails routinely prohibit gambling. Gambling in prison can also take on many forms including card games, dominoes, sports betting and betting on conduct that occurs within the institution. How prevalent and popular is gambling within the correctional institution and does it perpetuate the issues of problem gambling upon release for the offender?

During this experiential workshop, participants will explore problem gambling among offenders who are involved in the Criminal Justice System, including Parole and Probation. Attention will be given to criminal thinking styles, ACE scores, triggers, treatment access, gambling screening, case management, supervision, prevention and treatment.  All participants are expected to engage in experiential exercises and activities.


Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling


Eliot Community Human Services
125 Hartwell Avenue
Lexington, MA 02421 United States
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