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Sentencer and police understanding, awareness and treatment of crime and gambling harms

  • Date: 12 May 2022

  • Location: Online


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    Part of HMPPS Insights 22 festival

    Sentencer and police understanding, awareness and treatment of crime and gambling harms. Howard League research seminar

    Thursday 12 May 2022, 12.30–1.30pm, online

    This webinar will be held at HMPPS Insights 22 festival. It is free to attend and open to all, but registration is required.

    The event

    Chaired by Andrew Neilson, Director of Campaigns, Howard League for Penal Reform, the session will include:

    Sarah Page, Senior Lecturer, Sociology & Criminology, Co-Director, Staffordshire University Crime & Society Research Group, exploring:

    • sentencers’ understanding and awareness of problem gambling and gambling related crime,
    • examples of sentencing practice in magistrates’ courts in England and Wales when problem gambling is raised as a contextual factor to the crime
    • how the research has improved understanding of how problem gambling is understood and approached in court, and
    • suggestions for future practice

    Dr Helen Churcher, Research and Project Officer, Howard League for Penal Reform exploring:

    • police understanding and practice around gambling harms and gambling related crime
    • the broader picture of the nature of gambling related crime and harm, challenging narratives
    • the role of police custody in identification and signposting to support, functioning as criminal justice gatekeepers. Sharing good practice around this; and
    • challenging narratives about nature of gambling related crime.
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