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.
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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.
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