There is a tendency to protect the general public out of fear of offenders. Unfortunately, this is crippling thousands upon thousands of young adults who receive the treatment and care they need and want to become assets instead of drains to society. Having a criminal background for an incident or experience an adolescent has in their prior years greatly reduces their chance to go to college, earn a living wage or become fully sufficient. The general public's preference to know non-violent offender's backgrounds does not out-weight the consequences that individual is left to navigate. Choices made during a tumultuous adolescence and dramatic brain development should be taken into consideration instead of becoming a permanent part of how this person is disenfranchised.