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Farrell to address conference on gambling

Amherst Town Justice Mark Farrell, founder of the first gambling treatment court in the United States, today will address an advocacy group seeking to establish similar courts in Connecticut, which is home to two of the world's largest casinos.

"Most people look at compulsive gambling as a character flaw, irresponsible, not able to control themselves. That's only the tip of the iceberg," Farrell said.

Marvin Steinberg, executive director of Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling, which invited the Amherst jurist to the organization's conference in Westbrook, Conn., said prison is no cure for compulsive gamblers.

"In prisons they're gambling. There's practically zero help with gambling problems," Steinberg said.

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