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NCJ Number: 120063 Find in a Library
Title: Gambling: Crime or Recreation?
Corporate Author: Information Aids, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 88
Sponsoring Agency: Information Aids, Inc
Plano, TX 75023
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Gambling and its acceptance in the United States has fluctuated during various periods of social, economic, and political change.
Abstract: Current gambling policy at the State and Federal level mirrors the uncertainty of Americans concerning the problem of gambling. Some feel gambling is a morally and socially destructive activity that must be suppressed, while others believe the enormous popularity of gambling makes it a suitable activity for licensing and taxation by governments. Consumer expenditures on commercial gambling activities, such as lotteries, are growing faster than American incomes. There are five principal forms of legal gambling -- bingo, lotteries, pari-mutuel betting, off-track betting, and casinos in Nevada and New Jersey. Illegal gambling includes numbers and policy, horsebooks, sportsbooks, sportscards, single-event sports betting, and illegal casinos. Appendix, index.
Main Term(s): Public gambling
Index Term(s): Illegal gaming/gambling; Legal gambling
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