deeply entrenched in society. The institution is supported by those who like to gamble and by others who view illicit gambling as a minor offense.

This writer concurs with the conclusion of a major federal study, Gambling in America: "Current efforts by the criminal justice system to enforce gambling prohibitions are too often characterized by inconsistencies, inefficiency and ineffectiveness" (3, p. 49). Gambling today, as in the past, has a very low priority in comparison to other crimes. Police officers are given limited resources and less encouragement in gambling enforcement. Moreover, they are subject to considerable abuse when they are unsuccessful and get little credit if they do a good job. Police often find themselves the targets of criticism and the scapegoats of legislators.

With crime rates and the fear of crime on the increase, law enforcement resources are spread thin. Violent crime dominates the agenda of police, politicians, and the public. In all likelihood, a familiar pattern will remain on the landscape: gambling laws will continue to be given second class treatment; organized gamblers, in turn, will continue to flourish; politicians and public officials will continue to be corrupted; and the public's confidence in law and the police will continue to be eroded.


REFERENCES

1. U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice: Gambling Law Enforcement in Major American Cities. Washington, U.S. Govt. Print. Office, 1978.

2.The president's crime commission; organized crime. In Ianni, F. and Reuss-Ianni, E. (Eds.): The Crime Society. New York, New American Library, 1976.

3. U.S. Department of justice: Gambling in America. Washington, D.C., U.S. Govt. Print. Office, 1976.

4. Skolnick, J. H.: House of Cards. Boston, Little, Brown, & Co., 1978.

5. Helsing, P.: "Gambling". In U. S. Department of Justice: Gambling in America. Washington D.C., U.S. Govt. Print. Office, 1976.

6. Mangione, T. W., et al.: "Citizen views of gambling enforcement". In U. S. Department of Justice : Gambling in America. Washington, D.C., U.S. Govt. Print. Office, 1976.

7. Reuter, P.: "Enforceability of gambling laws". In U. S. DepartmentJustice of

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  • Title Page iii
  • CONTRIBUTORS vii
  • Preface ix
  • Contents xi
  • Chapter 1 The Impact of Casino Gambling on a Small Town the Case of Atlantic City 3
  • References 11
  • Chapter 2 Economic Aspects of Gambling 12
  • Introduction 12
  • Conclusion 26
  • Chapter 3 Illegal Gambling a Brief Review of Law Enforcement Problems 30
  • Introduction 30
  • Conclusions 50
  • References 51
  • Chapter 4 Gamblers Disturbed or Healthy? 53
  • Abstract 68
  • References 68
  • Chapter 5 Why People Gamble - A Behavioral Perspective 71
  • References 83
  • Chapter 6 Why People Gamble a Sociological Perspective 84
  • Abstract 103
  • References 103
  • Chapter 7 The Treatment of Compulsive Gamblers 106
  • References 114
  • Chapter 8 Gamblers Anonymous 115
  • Conclusion 122
  • Appendix 124
  • Chapter 9 Gambling a British Perspective 127
  • Introduction 127
  • Conclusion 141
  • References 142
  • Author Index 143
  • SUBJECT INDEX 147
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