How I Gambled My Freedom Away

Michelle L. Malkin is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, primarily researching gambling-motivated crime. She struggled with problem gambling herself for over 14 years. In 2017-18, Michelle received an Eadington Fellowship in Gaming Research for her research on “Gender and Gambling Motivated Crime” from The Center for Gaming Research at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

It is important to understand the experiences of people with a history of a gambling addiction. In this presentation, Michelle L. Malkin describes her history of problem gambling, the social, economic, financial, and legal consequences of her addiction, how she paid the ultimate cost of her freedom, and finally how addiction recovery helped her reclaim a life of hope and desistance from gambling.

Learning Objectives:

  1. This training will provide attendees with a richer understanding of problem gambling severity and its relationship to gambling-motivated crime.
  2. It will also provide an understanding of how problem gamblers are treated by the criminal justice system.
  3. Finally, the presentation will provide basic advice to give clients who are facing potential legal consequences from their addictive behavior.


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