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Call for evidence

Commission on Crime and Problem Gambling

The Howard League’s Commission on Crime and Problem Gambling will run for three years and aims to answer the following questions:

  • What are the links between crime and problem gambling?
  • What impact does this link have on communities and society?
  • What should be done?

The Commission will investigate patterns of crime linked to problem gambling and the societal harms that link crime and problem gambling, before seeking to make recommendations for government, the gambling industry and within the criminal justice system.

The Commission includes experts from the fields of public health, gambling, law, academia and criminal justice, as well as people who are expert by experience.

Call for written evidence

The Commission on Crime and Problem Gambling began its investigations with a call for written evidence, receiving submissions from academics, practitioners and policy makers within the criminological, legal and health disciplines; the gambling industry; and people who are expert by experience.  

The written evidence submissions were used for internal purposes to inform and guide the work of the Commission.  The written evidence covered a broad range of areas including prevalence, the nature of offences, the regulatory context and generic and criminal justice responses to gambling harm and gambling-related crime. They also identify numerous gaps in research and made proposals for future work. 

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