Harsher punishment--or diversion programs? When it comes to delaing with the issue of graffiti, the answer depends on who you ask.
On one side, backers of a proposal for adopting diversion programs said such a plan would actually go farther in making sure the victims of a tagger are made whole--and their damage is repaired.
"It makes sure the individual does the victim restitution, does the property restitution, does the community service" said Texas Criminal Justice Coalition Executive Director Ana Yanez-Correa. She told 550 KTSA News there's a long-term payoff too.
"If the individual does everything they need to do--the judge may dismiss the charges so that person doesn't have to carry the re-entry barriers--the barriers to living responsibly" Yanez-Correa said.
On the other side though, you can sense plenty of frustration.
"I think it's incumbent upon us to do something" said San Antonio State Representative Jose Menendez during a hearing on his bill calling for harsher punishment for those who are caught. Menendez said he understands the hundreds of dollars per day it would cost the state to house those who are arrested under his plan.
"But the cost of abatement in San Antonio is $2700 per day. The cost in El Paso is $10,000 per day based on the figures they're spending" Menendez said.