The purpose of the Play by the Rules National Project is to provide other jurisdictions with a "proven" program that can be implemented and replicated. This award winning crime prevention model for teaching state-specific law to middle school students, teachers, parents and community leaders is based on the Play by the Rules: Alabama Laws for Youth program created by ACLCE in 2001. It is an ambitious attempt to provide youth with the tools they need to prevent crime, save lives and build safer communities.

The ultimate goal of this project is to have all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories participating in the PBR program. Just as school handbooks explain what is expected of students at a particular school, PBR will provide American youth with a manual of the norms of society, as they have been enacted into law and to which youth are expected to subscribe.

Currently, the PBR program in Alabama is in its eighth year. In 2009, the program was adapted and implemented in Connecticut, Guam, Nevada and Texas.