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Clark County, Nevada is one of the areas with the highest gambling addiction rate in the country, but the county court is looking to help problem gamblers convicted of crimes to overcome their issues with the formation of a Gambling Court.
Gamblers Court is to be held in the courtroom of Judge Cheryl Moss every other Friday, and will aim to help defendants with non-violent crimes related to gambling get help. In lieu of jail time, defendants will be given the option to undergo extensive gambling addiction counseling, which could help prevent future addiction related crimes in the future. Proponents of the plan say that Gambling Court would be less costly than jailing those convicted of crimes.
The plan is being worked on in conjunction with the Nevada Council on Problem Gambling, who will work to provide the assistance resources to those convicted. Speaking about the program, NCPG Executive Director Carol O'Hare said, "The best outcomes for problem gamblers are the result of a combination of clinical or therapeutic treatment as well as community or peer support. We want to make sure that peace is something they can find for themselves."
The court is slated to be in session beginning on Friday, November 2nd.
If you or someone you know has an addiction to gambling, please know that resources for help exist. We have an extensive problem gambling page with information and links to outside counseling groups that specialize in gambling addiction. You can find that link below.
Resource: Problem Gambling Assistance