“Raising state revenue from convicted individuals and their families who are too poor to pay is counter-productive,” the Boston Bar Association’s report said on the matter. “Changes in the laws, many proposed by Massachusetts legislators and judges, should be adopted to improve the prospects for successful reentry following conviction and help stem the cycle of recidivism. Although the recommended reforms would deprive the Commonwealth of a relatively small amount of revenue in the short term, implementing them is the right thing to do and will save money in the long run.”