Six cities plan to join county graffiti effort

LAWRENCEVILLE - Inmates could soon begin cleaning up graffiti in Gwinnett's cities.

Today, county commissioners will consider agreements with six cities to expand the Graffiti Hurts program.

In 2003, Gwinnett's legislative delegation pushed through a law to allow inmates onto private property to remove graffiti. The county later adopted a policy and inmates have painted more than 200 graffiti sites, according to numbers released last July.

Auburn, Braselton, Lawrenceville, Lilburn, Snellville and Suwanee officials have signed on for help in Gwinnett's graffiti war.

According to a new county law, property owners have three days to remove graffiti from buildings, fences and other locations.

If people aren't able to get rid of the messages themselves, Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful offers to have the inmates paint the property.