Does it seem like a good idea to surrender drunk to federal prison?

If you think the answer is yes, we have a problem.


Yesterday, I received a call from a wife whose husband is in prison. Apparently, some consultant told this defendant to show up to prison drunk.

Showing up drunk, he told this family, would increase his chances of getting into the program.

Not only did this “stunt” not work, but it also led this new federal prisoner to the hole while staff accessed if he should be transferred to a higher security prison.

I learned he said one thing to a staff member that sealed his fate.

Can you guess what he said?

There is so much hype around RDAP because of the time off. I get it.

Still, your job as a defendant is to weed out what is fact and what is not. Just because someone tells you to do something, like show up to federal prison drunk, does not mean you should do it.

You must learn to ask the right questions, like, “walk me through the pros and cons of showing up drunk?”

If you wish to learn more about this program, do it the right way. In other words, prepare properly.

surrender drunk to federal prison

My partner, Michael Santos, interviewed Dr. Gerard Bryant. Dr. Bryant is a retired Bureau of Prisons Warden. He was also the staff psychologist at MDC Brooklyn and USP Lewisburg.

If getting into RDAP the right way interests you please watch their video.


If you have questions about RDAP after watching the video, please let me know. Josh Boyer (who both completed RDAP and received a commutation from President Obama) and I would be happy to offer you some advice.


Justin Paperny

P.S. Never forget one of the goals a defendant should have is not making matters worse for their family. Going to the hole, getting transferred and losing good time only makes matters worse.