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RDAP Dan- The RDAP Eligibility Experts

Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP)

Eligibility is becoming more difficult, and the wait for the Bureau of Prison’s program continues to get longer and longer. Qualifying for acceptance into RDAP is getting harder because the BOP’s inadequate planning for the overwhelming demand they are currently experiencing for the 9-month class. It is only offered in select prisons throughout the United States and because of this there is not enough space for all the applicants. Those without advanced preparation are finding it more and more difficult to get accepted. Those that properly prepare are secure, but are in the minority. There is a growing backlog of qualified candidates because of overcrowding and limited resources. Even inmates with backgrounds and criteria that would have previously guaranteed their participation are being denied if they have not properly established the qualifications beforehand.


RDAP Dan has developed a reputation as a premier specialist. The BOP is constantly changing what constitutes the ideal RDAP candidate. Dan stays in the know with the evolving landscape so the specific information gets disclosed at the right time and place. This does not take place by chance and those try attempt to do this themselves already have two strikes against them. Without the guidance of an experienced consultant to set them up properly one is risking up to 18 months more of their life to be spent in custody.

Dan is your guide for Federal Prison RDAP Sentence Reduction

RDAP Dan directs clients effortlessly to their final destination and through this difficult journey. The earlier the process is started, the better the results. Do not wait until you are in custody to reach out. By then it could be too late.

In addition to providing clients with pre-sentence investigation reports advice, prison consultants work with the government and understand what probation officers need to hear. They also understand all the key phrases that have to be mentioned during a case hearing. The hearings can require many different documents and Dan is with you every step of the way.

That can be proofs of classes, counseling, sentencing memos, psychological reports and character letters. They generally help develop the package for their clients to prevent outcrop of issues when talking with officers. Remember that they have to handle all aspects of your case in the right manner – if done otherwise, the defendant is likely to suffer.

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Contact Dan to discuss your RDAP Eligibility

How much time will I get off?

The following is the amount of sentence reduction for early release:
If your sentence is 30 months or less, you get 6 months sentence reduction.
If your sentence is 31–36 months, you get 9 months sentence reduction.
If your sentence is 37 or more months, you get 12 months sentence reduction.
Note: In addition to the sentence reductions listed above, all RDAP graduates are entitled to a minimum of 6­months of community custody awards.

Can I re ­apply into RDAP after I get kicked out or quit?

Yes, after a 90 day wait period. We have found that in most instances, re application is encouraged and successful, but you will be starting all over again and therefore; lose any time that you already put in originally.

What happens if I get kicked out or withdraw from RDAP?

You will be immediately transferred out of the RDAP unit and may receive some sanctions, such as loss of furloughs, vacations, and halfway house time.

Can I be kicked out of RDAP or quit?

Yes and it does occur too frequently. The RDAP program requires strict adherence to the rules and punishes rule breaking or bad behavior. You will be given at least one written warning and receive a therapeutic intervention before this happens. The exception is if you break the gravest rules, considered to be 100 or 200­level incident reports (a.k.a. shots) for things such as drinking, smoking, stealing, fighting, or escape or if you break confidentiality about the RDAP program. RDAP is a voluntary program and of course, you may quit at any time and for any reason. Some reasons may be that the program is too stressful or you are not getting the sentence reduction for early release.

What if I am at a prison that does not have the RDAP program?

Not all federal prisons have the RDAP program. Once admitted into RDAP by Psychology Services staff at your current prison, you will be transferred to another prison that does have the program. This may require that your security level be lowered before the transfer is allowed and from our experience, management variables are given frequently for this to happen by the BOP. You may be eligible to start the RDAP program, but you’ll have to wait for your transfer, which may take several months and cut into your valuable time off. If you are in this situation, be sure to factor in this extra time and apply to RDAP earlier.

How difficult is the RDAP Clinical Interview?

You will be interviewed by the institution’s Drug Abuse Program Coordinator (DAPC) once you apply and have documents in your central file verifying your substance use. The interview can be rigorous and include your history with substance abuse as defined in the DSM­IV and your desire and agreement for all the treatment terms and conditions.

What is a verifiable substance use disorder?

Admissions into RDAP requires verifiable documentation of your substance abuse disorder and can come from any one of these: Presentence Report (PSR) Notes or letters from medical or mental health professional(s), substance abuse treatment providers, probation or parole officer, or social worker Two or more DUI’s or DWI’s within five years of your most recent arrest or indictment If these documents are not already in your BOP file, you may have them sent directly from the provider to the DAPC. Understandably, no documentation will be accepted directly from you. The BOP will call and verify that the documentation is genuine. A judge’s recommendation is insufficient for admissions but certainly can be helpful along with medical records from the BOP’s Health Services. In some cases, the BOP has ruled that an inmate, although having a verifiable substance abuse disorder, is in “remission” if he has not used drugs or alcohol within the 12 months prior to his initial arrest or indictment. If you are facing incarceration, you should contact us immediately to help properly document your verifiable substance use disorder to guarantee your RDAP eligibility, admissions, and sentence reduction for early release.

How does RDAP define that I have substance use disorder?

You have a disorder when your use of a controlled substance is more than just social or recreational and meets the definition as listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the Mental Disorders, Fourth Addition (DSM­IV). This definition show a pattern of dependence and abuse as follows: Continued use despite family, school, work, or legal problems or failed obligations Increased tolerance to the substance requiring more to get the same effect Withdrawal symptoms Failure at attempts to quit Put in dangerous situations due to substance abuse or intoxication.

How can an inmate apply to RDAP?

You can be referred to the program by BOP staff or you may directly apply with the Drug Abuse Program Coordinator (DAPC) at the institution. The DAPC will ascertain if you: Have enough time left on your sentence Have the mental and language (English) ability to complete the program Have documented a verifiable substance abuse use disorder within 12­months prior to your initial arrest or indictment.

Do I have to sell or use drugs to get into RDAP?

No, a drug crime is not a deciding factor in getting into the RDAP program. Rather, you must meet the following: You have a verifiable substance use disorder within 12 months prior to your arrest or indictment whichever is earlier You volunteer and sign program admissions documents you have sufficient time left in your sentence to complete the program You are able to complete all three phases of the RDAP program and possess the mental ability to do so. You must be able to be sent to a halfway house and therefore, those with detainers, ICE/INS detainees, or military inmates are not eligible. If you are eligible for the RDAP program but are not approved to get the time off, you may still graduate from RDAP and at least receive the extended 6-month halfway house/home confinement.

About the Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP)

The Residential Drug Abuse Program is a 500 hour (9 to 12 month) voluntary program involving group or individual therapy for federal prisoners with a substance abuse problem. The program allows the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to provide residential substance abuse treatment for eligible prisoners.

As one of the incentives to influence prisoners to take part in the Residential Drug Abuse Program, United States federal law permits the BOP to reduce the sentence of program graduates who are convicted of nonviolent offenses by a period of up to one year after successful completion.

It is important to note that the Residential Drug Abuse Program only exists in United States federal prisons and state prisoners cannot participate. On March 16, 2009, BOP issued new rules regarding the program. The new rules made many significant changes to the older versions of BOP regulations. 

 Components of the U.S. federal prison Residential Drug Abuse Program

Unit-based program

This is a 6-12 month (500-hour residential program). The participants of this program generally live in special sections of the prison and their day is usually split between prison educational or a work program and drug abuse treatment programs. At the end of the phase, an inmate has to receive a “certificate of completion.”

Follow-up services

Unless a prisoner will benefit from the halfway house program after completing the unit-based component, the BOP will reintroduce him/her to the community. They also take part in the follow-up services the BOP provides. That is the initial component of federal prison after-care requirements.

The Transitional Drug Abuse Treatment (TDAT)

The TDAT program lasts less than 6 months in a halfway house. It can also be doing during home confinement. The Transitional DRUG Abuse Treatment is the second and the final part of the RDAP after-care requirement.

How can federal prisoners benefit from RDAP if you are not in a federal prison that offers it?

Individuals in a federal prison that does not have RDAP programs have no other option. They can only transfer to another prison that offers the program.

The Bureau of Prisons can reduce the security level of inmates who fall in higher security level category.. After the BOP has approved the application of a higher security level prisoner into the program, the prison staff must change the security level of the prisoner to allow his/her relocation to one of the facilities with RDAP.

 What can cause expulsion from RDAP?

Bad behavior and regular rule breaking will definitely lead to expulsion from the Residential Drug Abuse Program. Generally, a prisoner is given one formal treatment intervention or warning before he/she is kicked out of the RDAP program. However, prohibited acts that involve drug, violence, alcohol, escape, threats of violence or violating the program’s confidentiality leads to immediate removal. A prisoner can also withdraw voluntarily from the program.

 Are prisoners whose convictions involved a gun eligible for the sentence reduction program?

Under RDAP, any federal prisoner serving a prison term for a crime that involved carrying, possession or use of a gun or any other dangerous weapons such as explosive devices or explosive materials cannot benefit from this federal prison sentence reduction program.


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