Gambling in the Prison System

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Author: Morneau Shepell


When: Jan 14, 2020 12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Topic: Gambling in the Prison System


Research shows that up to one-third of prisoner populations meet criteria for problem gambling. Prisoners are a vulnerable population that struggle with impulsive behaviors and other identifying fallacies. Their problems are usually linked to “quick fix” solutions to help them mentally escape the adverse environments in which they currently live. So it’s not surprising that these difficulties may lead to the onset of problem gambling behaviors to help them cope while they are incarcerated in correctional facilities worldwide. Learn more about this complex population and their potential relationship with problem gambling and/or gambling disorder.



12:00-12:05pm – Introductions of presenters and helpline information

12:05-12:45pm – Lecture of material

12:45-12:55pm – Discussion questions, case presentation, interaction (as needed)

12:55-1:00pm – Closing comments

Learning Objectives:

  • Know three different prevalence rates associated with problem gambling in the prison system
  • Identify three overlapping risk factors of problem gambling and being incarcerated
  • Identify three reasons why problem gambling rates are higher amongst prisoners versus the general population
  • Know the two options regarding gambling policy in correctional facilities