Wizbang notes that even the stalwartly liberal Globe seems to search desperately for the merits of this proposal, not to mention
It boils down to a policy of helping Massachusetts ex-cons obtain employment through state-sponsored deception. Maintaining unfiltered access to information and providing financial incentives to employers who hire ex-cons would be an honest way to pursue the same policy. But such incentives would result in lost state revenue, so in the end perhaps it's just cheaper to decieve.
"There is a lot of talk about how this affects people's ability to enter back into society," said [Plymouth County DA Timothy] Cruz. "There should be reentry programs. But why should we change someone's history to get them a job?"Maybe because it doesn't require much state revenue to hide a criminal record.