Sex offender registrations should be abolished. They are a revival of an antiquated scarlet letter system. The system creates undo hysteria, negative impacts on real estate values, increases the homeless population and is an unnecessary drain on the resources of our police departments as well as our economy. The sex offender registry makes it almost impossible for a young person to leave the penal system and create a successful future. It gives offenders undue stigma for the rest of there lives and makes a full recovery impossible. Our system is locking up teenagers that are experimenting, even at a lessor extent than most of us did as teens and youths. The system is broken.