Graffiti vandalism is already a crime in North Carolina but some lawmakers are trying to make it a felony for some offenders.
Lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow district attorneys to charge people with a felony if they already have two or more graffiti-related convictions on their record.
A felony could also be charged if a person has been charged with graffiti offence five or more times in a two-month period.
Not everyone is behind the bill.
“I’m concerned about our young people. We’ve all done stupid things in our lifetime. I just feel like we are taking this to the far extreme when we put a felony in place,” said Sen. Brent Jackson (R-Sampson).
Other representatives see the bill as a good way to deal with graffiti.
“You can be convicted of a felony. It is a black mark. But with good behavior over time, we’ve got a whole other process that would take care of a non-violent felony, which is what this is,” said Rep. Chuck McGrady (R-Henderson).
The bill has already passed the House and now moves to the Senate floor.
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