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Frequently Asked Questions

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  • 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.

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