What is the Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP) ?
Does RDAP only benefit federal prisoners?
Who is ineligible for RDAP?
Prisoners convicted of violent crimes are ineligible. Additionally, felony convictions of rape, assault, robbery or child sexual-abuse will disqualify you. Moreover, violence and use of a weapon or firearm will disqualify you.
How much time will I receive off my federal prison sentence if I get admitted into RDAP?
If your sentence is 24-30 months, you’ll earn a 6-month sentence reduction. If your sentence is 31–36 months, you’ll earn a 9-month sentence reduction. If your sentence is 37 or more months, you’ll earn a 12-month sentence reduction.
Are there any cons to participating in the RDAP?
What are the 8 Core Attitudes of RDAP?
Honesty, Responsibility, Open-mindedness, Caring, Objectivity, Humility, Willingness, Gratitude.
What if I get sentenced to a prison that does not have RDAP?
What federal prisons have the Residential Drug Abuse Program?
See our updated facilities list here.
What are some of the qualifications to get into the RDAP?
You must have a verifiable substance abuse disorder within 12 months of your indictment or arrest–whichever is earlier; you must demonstrate that you are capable of completing all three phases of RDAP; you have enough time left on your prison sentence; and you voluntarily enroll, review and sign all documents.
How long is the wait list for RDAP?
Over the last few years the process to get in has become stricter. We would estimate less than 10% of applications are accepted. For that reason, the wait list is not as long as it used to be.
Am I automatically in if the judge recommends RDAP?
One would think so. Unfortunately, however, the decision rests with the staff in prison. Naturally, it can be very disheartening when a defendant enters prison assuming he will get RDAP to then be turned down. Never forget the judge is simply making a recommendation.
Can I get into RDAP if the judge does NOT recommend it?
Yes. Again, the recommendation is simply that. Some judges recommend it; others make no recommendation at all; and some out right deny it.
Can I get kicked out of RDAP?
Yes. If you do not understand the program structure and rules, you jeopardize your chance at completion. Despite prisoners wanting the time off, many claim the rigid structure of RDAP and rules, like having to snitch on other prisoners, is too much. Make sure you’re in the small percentage of prisoners who not only gets into RDAP, but also who completes it. If you are thrown out of RDAP, you could face other sanctions, like loss of good time or a transfer.
Can I quit RDAP?
Yes, RDAP is voluntary. You can stop participating in classes, but you will not be officially removed until you have met with staff. Following that meeting if you would still like to be removed, you will be.
Can I reapply?
Yes, but you must participate in the whole program, even if you have completed prior phases. And you have to wait 90 days before reapplying.
Can I be held back or be forced to retake portions of the program?
Yes, if staff feels you are not fully participating and embracing the RDAP precepts they can hold you back and require you to retake a phase.
Can I still get into RDAP if I failed to disclose my substance or alcohol use during my presentence interview?
Yes. See this video.
How long is the program and how do I complete RDAP?
RDAP is 9 months, and to earn the full time off you have to complete 500 hours worth of therapy. Phase 1 and Phase 2 take place in prison. Phase 3 also known as TDAT (transitional drug abuse treatment) lasts six months and takes place at the halfway house/home confinement portion of your sentence.
When am I eligible to begin RDAP?
Typically, you need to be within 48-60 months of your release. Priority is given to those who have an earlier release date.
Wait...I am not a drug offender. I am being sentenced for a white-collar crime. Do I qualify?
Most of our clients who participate in RDAP are white-collar executives. You do not have to be convicted of a drug crime or use drugs to qualify.
How does the Residential Drug Abuse Coordinator define my problem?
The measurement or definition the BOP uses comes from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the Mental Disorders (DSM IV). Essentially, you must show a pattern of abuse and dependence. Click here to learn more about the evidence one should collect to show this pattern and dependence of abuse.