Fine, but with the current system ("we don't want no number or no registers, and we're only interacting with police on a nationwide level when we feel like it") you're clearly helping the criminals, big and small. All they have to do is to jump to a new state and start again.
Then again, one could argue this isn't entirely negative. The American "justice" system makes rehabilitation next to impossible. Once you are convicted of a crime, you pretty much wear the "criminal" label for life. Anytime you apply for a job, even many
years after you have "paid your debt to society," as that old saying goes, there it is, staring you in the face. I know someone who did something dumb when he was 19 or so: he boosted a car. It was partly a crime of passion (revenge on an ex). Pretty soon he regretted it. Now that he's in his mid-20s, he certainly wouldn't do it again. And at no
time would he have just walked down a street looking for some stranger's car to steal.
Nevertheless, every time he applies for a job, there it is: grand theft auto. And even when he's 40, it will still be there.
I have a lesser ball-and-chain around my ankle. Nothing illegal, thank God, just a financial meltdown I had from late 2008 into 2010. Well, thanks to the credit scoring system, I'm basically blacklisted from buying a home in the United States until around the end of this decade. I'm actually looking into emigrating for that reason.
Sometimes we should
let people "jump to a new state and start again." Beats holding some old shit against them the rest of their days on Earth.