Comment 31451

By Michelle Martin (registered) - website | Posted June 01, 2009 at 22:28:06

Found myself thinking today about consequences for young offenders, wondering what some kind of graphic design program might look like for those caught with a spray paint can in their hands (maybe a lighter penalty in return for participation in such). Now I'm not so naive that I think it would be appreciated by all or even most, especially gang taggers, but suppose we caught a few young enough, and tapped into any latent artistic talent that was there. Some of those tags are quite creative-- they just don't belong around the neighbourhood to intimidate others. I know, I know-- you can't really force a young person to channel his energies positively, but if they were forced to at least consider exploring that option for a time... As much as I loathe tags on mailboxes, etc., I'm with the author on the necessity of seeing "the faces behind them - faces of people who want to be seen, who want a voice."

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