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 Social Impact of Gambling in South Dakota and Colorado

Jeffrey Bloomberg, State's Attorney in Deadwood, South Dakota, indicated that within two years of legalization of casinos the following social outcomes were observed:

  1. Child abuse cases had increased nearly 43% (from 350 to 500 cases;

  2. Police costs had increased 80% to 100% with a virtual doubling of police officers;

  3. Felonies increased 50%, with an increase in Class One misdemeanors of 75% in four years, from 614 in 1988, to 1070 in 1993;

  4. Domestic violence and assaults had risen 80%; and 3% to 5% of the population appeared to be on the way to becoming problem gamblers and compulsive gamblers within two years.

In Colorado, Cripple Creek, Central City, and Blackhawk are beginning to experience some of the same social outcomes after they legalized video gambling. As John Starkey, a longtime resident, said after the influx of casinos, "We wanted a helping hand, but we didn't want devastation."