Some of the problem-solving programs are fairly old and well established. An upcoming event in Los Angeles examines the possibility of creating a gambling court, built upon the existing therapeutic program Beit T’shuvah (some of whose residents come from jail, but is not an official sentencing possibility.) It promises to be an interesting evening.
I wonder what our readers think about the potential for a gambling court. If one accepts the rather established notion that gambling, like alcoholism and narcotics, is an addiction/disease, integrating such programs into the courts falls into the problem-solving pattern rather neatly by dealing with issues holistically. Looking forward to learning more about Beit T’shuvah, particularly about any research done on the impact of the program on recidivism rates and rehabilitation.