The new law requires a person convicted of tagging to clean up his or her mess. It makes clear that cleanup must be part of the sentence, unless the judge finds that it would be dangerous. Where appropriate, the offender could be required to keep the damaged property free of graffiti for up to a year.The hardest part is going to be catching taggers in the act. If they can catch and convict, then this sounds like a fair start. However, the cleaning has to happen soon afterwards to have the effect of preventing other tags.
Monday, August 11, 2008
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger recently signed a bill sponored by the City of Los Angeles representing an attempt to clean up graffiti and punish taggers: