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H.R. 3235 (rh) To improve academic and social outcomes for youth and reduce both juvenile crime and the risk that youth will become victims of crime by providing productive activities conducted by law enforcement personnel during nonschool hours. [Reporte...


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106th CONGRESS
  2d Session
                                H. R. 3235


_______________________________________________________________________


                   IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

            October 3 (legislative day, September 22), 2000

                                Received

_______________________________________________________________________

                                 AN ACT


 
   To improve academic and social outcomes for youth and reduce both 
juvenile crime and the risk that 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 the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``National Police Athletic League 
Youth Enrichment Act of 2000''.

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 large part 
        on support from the private sector, such as individuals, 
        business leaders, corporations, and foundations. PAL chapters 
        have been exceptionally successful in balancing public funds 
        with private sector donations and maximizing community 
        involvement.
            (6) Today's youth face far greater risks than did their 
        parents and grandparents. Law enforcement statistics 
        demonstrate that youth between the ages of 12 and 17 are at 
        risk of committing violent acts and being victims of violent 
        acts between the hours of 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
            (7) Greater numbers of students are dropping out of school 
        and failing in school, even though the consequences of academic 
        failure are more dire in 1999 than ever before.
            (8) Many distressed areas in the United States are still 
        underserved by PAL chapters.

SEC. 3. PURPOSE.

    The purpose of this Act is to provide adequate resources in the 
form of--
            (1) assistance for the 320 established PAL chapters to 
        increase of services to the communities they are serving; and
            (2) seed money for the establishment of 250 (50 per year 
        over a 5-year period) additional local PAL chapters in public 
        housing projects and other distressed areas, including 
        distressed areas with a majority population of Native 
        Americans, by not later than fiscal year 2006.

SEC. 4. DEFINITIONS.

    In this Act:
            (1) Assistant attorney general.--The term ``Assistant 
        Attorney General'' means the Assistant Attorney General for the 
        Office of Justice Programs of the Department of Justice.
            (2) Distressed area.--The term ``distressed area'' means an 
        urban, suburban, or rural area with a high percentage of high-
        risk youth, as defined in section 509A of the Public Health 
        Service Act (42 U.S.C. 290aa-8(f)).
            (3) PAL chapter.--The term ``PAL chapter'' means a chapter 
        of a Police or Sheriff's Athletic/Activities League.
            (4) Police athletic league.--The term ``Police Athletic 
        League'' means the private, nonprofit, national representative 
        organization for 320 Police or Sheriff's Athletic/Activities 
        Leagues throughout the United States (including the Virgin 
        Islands and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico).
            (5) Public housing; project.--The terms ``public housing'' 
        and ``project'' have the meanings given those terms in section 
        3(b) of the United States Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. 
        1437a(b)).

SEC. 5. GRANTS AUTHORIZED.

    (a) In General.--Subject to appropriations, for each of fiscal 
years 2001 through 2005, the Assistant Attorney General shall award a 
grant to the Police Athletic League for the purpose of establishing PAL 
chapters to serve public housing projects and other distressed areas, 
and expanding existing PAL chapters to serve additional youths.
    (b) Application.--
            (1) Submission.--In order to be eligible to receive a grant 
        under this section, the Police Athletic League shall submit to 
        the Assistant Attorney General an application, which shall 
        include--
                    (A) a long-term strategy to establish 250 
                additional PAL chapters and detailed summary of those 
                areas in which new PAL chapters will be established, or 
                in which existing chapters will be expanded to serve 
                additional youths, during the next fiscal year;
                    (B) a plan to ensure that there are a total of not 
                less than 570 PAL chapters in operation before January 
                1, 2004;
                    (C) a

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