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What is RDAP?

An Overview Of The Residential Drug Abuse Treatment Program

If you are a federal offender and have a verifiable substance abuse problem, Don’t Give Up! there’s good news.

The shortest possible sentence, served at the best facility, Guaranteed!

The Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) by law provides a very specialized program. Offering eligible offenders additional time off, beyond “good time”, from your sentence. Called the Residential Drug Abuse Treatment Program (RDAP). Typically is a 9 months, 500-hours comprehensive Program. It is the only possible way for federal inmates to receive an additional sentence reduction outside the courts. As of 2015, RDAP is available for all security levels. It has been shown to be successful at reducing recidivism, relapse, and prison misconduct.

Upon successful completion of RDAP, eligible inmates will benefit with:

  1. Early Prison Release of up to 12 months off their incarceration time.
  2. Plus 6 months stay in a halfway house or home confinement placement at the end of their sentence.

Home confinement starts when the inmate reaches the last ten percent of their sentence. 18 U.S.C § 3621 (e).

Early release amount depends on the sentence length:

The average sentence reduction BOP-wide is approximately 9 months. However, due to program overcrowding, inmates may receive less than their maximum eligible time off. Inmates serving 37 months or more are eligible for the full 12 months of early release. While those serving 31-36 months will be eligible for only a 9 months sentence reduction. Those with less than 31 months sentence are eligible for only a 6 months reduction.


Due to the violent or sexual abuse nature of their crimes, some inmates are ineligible for any time off. Felony or misdemeanor convictions of robbery, rape, assault or child sexual abuse will disqualify as well as the use of a firearm or weapon. Additionally, inmates may be disqualified if they are found to have pending state charges or warrants. Also INS-ICE detainers, military or state inmates are ineligible.

Eligibility for RDAP:

Due to the limited number of classes for RDAP, the BOP determines eligibility carefully. Eligibility for this program it’s determined by the particular institution’s RDAP staff.

The Presentence Investigation Report, requires that the inmate has a verifiable documented prescriptions for any: drugs, narcotic drugs, or alcohol abuse problems. These can be obtained from a former probation officer or treatment provider. The documentation must show the diagnosis and treatment performed. In most cases, even prior to the initial arrest or indictment.

Although not necessary or conclusive, having a judicial recommendation as proof of the court’s recognition for treatment, is helpful for RDAP admission.

Next, the offender must sign a treatment contract to meet formal psychological diagnostic criteria. The Drug Abuse Program Coordinator (DAPC) will perform a clinical interview. DAPC will also review the official background documents that support the diagnosis (such as PSR). The offender must not have any mental disorder that may interfere with RDAP participation.

Even if there is documentation in the inmate’s file, a substance abuse or dependency disorder may not be diagnosed by the DAPC. In which case, the inmate is considered ineligible.

RDAP is in great demand, almost every incoming inmate will apply, but only a small percentage are admitted. Successful RDAP admissions is the most important criteria for evaluation when choosing a prison consulting firm to hire.

WE HAVE THE ANSWERS YOU NEED. And we care because we have been in your shoes.

Patrick Boyce Founder of RDAP Prison Consultants is an expert in the field prison consulting and a 2003 graduate of the RDAP program. Successful RDAP eligibility, admissions, and support maximizes ones chances of a sentence reduction and early release.

I will teach you how to avoid the common pitfalls that others seem to encounter. Along with real life examples to avoid. It is important to contact us as early in the process as possible.

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