Baton Rouge – A news conference has been scheduled for Tuesday, March 6 in Shreveport, as part of National Problem Gambling Awareness Week activities in Louisiana.

State Attorney General Charles C. Foti, Jr. and Mr. Michael Duffy, Assistant Secretary for the Office for Additive Disorders, will present Gov. Kathleen Blanco’s proclamation declaring the week of March 5-11 as National Problem Gambling Awareness Week in Louisiana to Reece Middleton, Executive Director of the Louisiana Association on Compulsive Gambling.

Attorney General Foti and J. Schuyler Marvin, District Attorney for the 26th Judicial District, will discuss the Gambling Treatment Referral Program, which emphasizes treatment rather than incarceration for first or second offenders who have committed nonviolent crimes such as theft, forgery, issuing worthless checks, and failure to pay child support that are sometimes directly related to compulsive gambling.

Ed Burns, President of the State and Local Government Solutions Division of CIBER, Inc., will announce the implementation of a new module in the CIBERLaw CRIMES™ (Case Records Information Management Exchange System) software that will allow the Bossier Parish District Attorney’s Office to track crimes related to gambling. The 26th Judicial District is the pilot site for this program.

Assistant Secretary Michael Duffy will discuss the treatment that is available for problem gamblers statewide and the importance of providing treatment, rather than incarceration, for problem gamblers. Mr. Middleton will discuss the Louisiana Association on Compulsive Gambling’s role in assisting persons suffering with problem gambling and supporting the 26th Judicial District’s efforts.

The news conference will take place on Tuesday, March 6, 2007 at 10 a.m. The location for the event is the CORE facility at 635 Stoner Ave., Shreveport, LA.

Following the press conference, there will be a tour of the CORE facility. CORE is a residential treatment program for people suffering from gambling addiction.

For more information, contact Nettie Jones or Lee Clemons with the Bossier Parish District Attorney’s Office at (318) 965-3716.