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States should seek to incorporate into their legal framework language regarding incentives for participating in rehabilitation and reintegration efforts.

Good Practice 19 of the Rome Memorandum “notes that States could consider the use of incentives for inmates participating in rehabilitation programs, as appropriate.”18 Correctional literature does demonstrate that motivation to change is an important precursor to disengagement and treatment success. Even in cases where individuals are placed in involuntary treatment programs, incentives can assist in engaging and motivating offenders once in the program. Therefore, States may want to include language on the use of incentives for engaging in treatment, training, and other rehabilitative measures in sentencing laws or guidelines, laws on parole or probation, or laws regulating prison operations.

18. Supra note 1.