Meet Daniel Wise aka RDAP Dan
My name is Daniel Wise, I am 38 years old. I am a RDAP graduate, federal inmate 02773-104. I am a federal convict who was charged with conspiracy to distribute oxycodone while working for pain clinic as an office manager in Atlanta, GA. Bad decisions led to the criminal justice system, and I was given a 42-month federal prison sentence at Coleman Low in Central Florida.
Fortunately, I was able to take advantage of RDAP (Residential Drug Addiction Program) which changed my life by changing my thinking. RDAP gave me the opportunity to reduce my prison term by 12 months and assisted me with an additional 11 months halfway house program. Because of this, I served only 13 months in federal prison on a 42-month sentence.
I created the YouTube channel RDAP Dan to provide real-world information for people to benefit from that may be facing a federal prison sentence. I have experienced the unknown world of federal prison, and because of my will to succeed, I have come through this experience a better person and so can you! Every federal convict, who either is preparing for his term in prison or is in prison, can benefit from my experiences and what I have to offer.
Join me on this journey!
My journey going to Prison, I knew very little about the federal prison system. To be very honest, I was terrified because I had no idea what to expect, how to prepare and who could possibly help me. The attorneys don’t tell you much, in fact, they don’t know very much about Prison life or its systems. Beware of “Prison Consultants” who will try to scare the life out of you, as they did me, with stories of, “if I did not use their service I would likely be sent to a dangerous prison facility, where I would need to fear for my life”. However, if I paid them $10k they could guarantee I would get what location I wanted. All lies!! Run from those guys just as I did. Because of my experiences is why I started RDAP Dan on YouTube & this website. I don’t believe its right of me to charge someone based on fear. I am out to build a brand, using the community as method, people helping people. By sharing information and stories to help others with what’s next. Let RDAP Dan be your guide, to make the best of your term in prison.
I will help you with all the information that you need to prepare for your journey. I want every inmate to reenter society successfully, like I did, with his dignity intact and with a solid plan to not just build his career but his life.
As I entered into RDAP January 13, 2015, my life would forever be changed. I went in with the mindset that I was just going to fast talk my way right through this program. What I did not prepare for is that this program has seen a million people just like me with the same “I have it all figured out attitude”. I was called out nonstop by both staff and other inmates. One of the requirements of RDAP is holding each other accountable for our choices. As in my past, I was use to people not challenging me but here in this program, it is part of the core structure. I was hit from every angle to the point the stress was so bad that I almost felt the year off was not worth it. I was contemplating quitting for about a month. I kept telling myself how could I tell my kids and girlfriend that I can’t hack it. My girlfriend Shelly was also in prison. She was at the camp across the street from me. I was at Coleman Low & she was at Coleman camp. The thought of letting them down was painful. But I realized at that moment that I couldn’t do this for anyone other than myself. I had to decide at that moment to look inward at who I really was not so much who I wanted to be but who I was. I was fortunate to have an amazing DTS (Drug Treatment Specialist). Mrs. NeSmith… She was a one of a kind woman. She had no problem telling me I was full of it. She would not let me slide on anything but at the same time she fought for what was right. I decided to give in and realize I did not have it all figured out and that I was an emotional mess. I was ready to break down and learn how to use the tools RDAP had to offer. From that point forward I decided to use honesty as the foundation of change. I started to listen to others about how they saw me. People were for once telling me what I needed to hear and not what I wanted to hear. More importantly, I was now ready willing to listen. To those of you reading this wondering. How can RDAP help me get better?? It’s simple. You just have to want it. No one & nothing can change you if you’re not willing to put in the effort. I chose to accept what the program had to offer and run with it. Even now I have to practice the tools I learned and apply to my life so my old ways don’t creep back in. Creating new habits and choosing to stay honest with yourself even when no one is looking… In the famous words of Mrs. NeSmith “keep it 100”
Prior to entering Prison & RDAP I really was in the mindset that I was a victim of all that had happened. And not just with getting in trouble with the law but also in everyday aspects of my life. I always felt I was owed something. I had a cocky attitude towards others and felt I had all the answers. I would manipulate everyone around me to get what I wanted. I was very closed minded to the perspective of others. The worst part of it all is that I really thought I was that slick that no one saw my bullshit. The reality I avoided was that anyone close to me saw right through me but they were exhausted and just felt like what’s the point. He’s just going to argue and justify his actions. I choose to be blind and avoid all of my responsibilities. Entering RDAP I just assumed I could just use this same system that I have always used and BS my way through RDAP and get a quick year off. This is when I slammed into a brick wall.