New law requires graffiti vandals’ parents to do community service

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Juvenile graffiti vandals in Madera aren’t the only ones who will serve long hours of community service for their crimes. Because of a new law, their parents also will have to do hard labor.

A city ordinance that went into effect Nov. 2 states that if a youth is convicted of a graffiti crime in the city and is assigned community service hours to pay for the crime, at least one parent or legal guardian must be present for 50 percent of the child’s assigned community service, said City of Madera code enforcement official Manuel Ruiz.

“The parents have to do the same work, cleaning lots, chopping weeds, everything,” he said. “Since (the ordinance’s) inception we’ve signed up five parents — but not a single one has shown up yet.”

If a guardian does not comply with the ordinance, they will be charged with a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and up to $1,000 in fines, Ruiz said...

 

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