I have two conflicting beliefs here that I just cannot reconcile:
1) Sexual predators rarely reform, and we have to protect the children at any cost.
2) Once an individual convicted of a crime has completed his/her sentence, that person is now free. So why are we continuing to punish people after they serve their time?
The registry bothers me, because it's a dark thing I've convinced myself we need. And we do need some kind of measure to protect people/children who cannot protect themselves, but as this thread has already pointed out, the registry typically swallows a lot of teens who do not even fit into this category.
Like the rest of the judicial system, it's broken.