Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 114 Part 2.djvu/588

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114 STAT. 1412 PUBLIC LAW 106-367—OCT. 27, 2000 Public Law 106-367 106th Congress An Act Oct. 27, 2000 To improve academic and social outcomes for youth and reduce both juvenile crime [HR 3235] ^^^ ^^^ ^^^ *^^^ youth will become victims of crime by providing productive activities conducted by law enforcement personnel during nonschool hours. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of Natonal Police the United States of America in Congress assembled. Athletic League Youth SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. Enrichment Act rTM. » . •, • -, .^ ^^-..T . iT^T Aii•T of 2000 This Act may be cited as the National Pohce Athletic League 42 USC 13751 Youth Enrichment Act of 2000". note. 42 USC 13751 SEC. 2. FINDINGS. Congress makes the following findings: (1) The goals of the Police Athletic League are to— (A) increase the academic success of youth participants in PAL programs; (B) promote a safe, healthy environment for youth under the supervision of law enforcement personnel where mutual trust and respect can be built; (C) increase school attendance by providing alternatives to suspensions and expulsions; (D) reduce the juvenile crime rate in participating designated communities and the number of police calls involving juveniles during nonschool hours; (E) provide youths with alternatives to drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and gang activity; (F) create positive communications and interaction between youth and law enforcement personnel; and (G) prepare youth for the workplace. (2) The Police Athletic League, during its 55-year history as a national organization, has proven to be a positive force in the communities it serves. (3) The Police Athletic League is a network of 1,700 facilities serving over 3,000 communities. There are 320 PAL chapters throughout the United States, the Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, serving 1,500,000 youths, ages 5 to 18, nationwide. (4) Based on PAL chapter demographics, approximately 82 percent of the youths who benefit from PAL programs live in inner cities and urban areas. (5) PAL chapters are locally operated, volunteer-driven organizations. Although most PAL chapters are sponsored by a law enforcement agency, PAL chapters receive no direct funding from law enforcement agencies and are dependent in