published in: 2006
summary: Any recognition of the societal impact of problem gambling necessarily implies that there is an effect on the incidence of crime. However current New Zealand Department of Corrections statistics, which extensively chart drug and alcohol abuse in prisoners, lack any reference to the incidence of gambling addiction. The invisibility of gambling addition, as a mitigating factor in criminal sentencing, arises from a misunderstanding of agency in addiction which leads to drug and alcohol abuse being factored into sentence programmes while problem gambling is often viewed as a matter of choice. There is no principle of sentencing which distinguishes between these various addictions and the failure to factor gambling addiction in sentencing decreases the likelihood of rehabilitation and so increases the likelihood of re-offending.
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type: article in serial publication
is part of a publication: International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
original language: English
article pagination: start page: 53 - end page: 64
- ISSN: 1557-1874
keywords: court , criminal behaviour , law , problem gambling , sentencing
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