The juvenile Graffiti Clean-Up program (G-CUP) supervises up to 10 youth per day on Saturday and Sundays, typically working 8-hour days with additional days added in the summer being completed. An average of 125 youth participating a year. Eligible juveniles are 10-17 years old who are ticketed and sentenced in Lakewood Municipal Court to perform a Graffiti Cleanup work program (sentence can be for any charge, not just graffiti-related). Hours completed range from 8 to 120 hours depending on juvenile’s criminal record and underlying offence.
The G-CUP program was developed in coordination with the Lakewood City Ordinance - Defacing Property (9.60.050) B. which states: Any person convicted of defacing property shall be ordered by the court to perform community service which shall include making repairs to any property damaged or properties similarly damaged.
Graffiti is removed from public property within Lakewood city limits, which mostly consists of utility boxes, light poles, dumpsters, newsstands, bus stops, drainage ditches, etc. Removals which need to be pressure-washed or that present a more hazardous situation are removed by the Probation Department Community Service Officer as they occur to avoid possible injury to a supervised juvenile.