The Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) by law provides a very specialized program offering eligible offenders additional time off, beyond “good time”, from your sentence. Called the 500-hour Comprehensive Residential Drug Abuse Treatment Program (RDAP).

Upon successful completion of RDAP, eligible inmates will benefit with early release of up to twelve months off their incarceration time plus an extended halfway house and home confinement placement of six months at the end of their sentence.

The example below illustrates the benefits of RDAP graduation:

Example: 37 Month Sentence

In the following example a person can reduce their sentencing exposure, by positioning themselves properly for the RDAP with a 37-month sentence to serve. With our guidance, a client can realize a judicial and addiction counselor recommendation for the Residential Drug Abuse Program, designation to the appropriate facility and began the program two months after arrival.

Original Sentence: 37.0 months
Less Good Time: 31.5 months
Began RDAP: 29.5 months
Completed RDAP: 20.5 months
Completed Institutional Transition Phase: 18.0 months
Completed 6-month halfway house stay: 12.0 months
Total Sentence Reduction: 12.0 months
Actual Institutional Time Served: 13.5 months

RDAP is available for all security levels except for high security inmates. Inmates with a violent or sexual abuse nature of their crimes are ineligible for any time off. Felony or misdemeanor convictions of robbery, rape, assault or child sexual abuse will disqualify as well as an element of violence or use of a firearm or weapon. Other disqualifications include those with pending state charges, warrants or detainers; INS-ICE detainees, and military or state inmates.

Eligibility for RDAP is determined by the institution's RDAP staff and requires that the inmate has a verifiable documented narcotic drug, prescription drug, or alcohol abuse problem in their Presentence Investigation Report, considered the “Bible” at the BOP.

Having a judicial recommendation, although not necessary or conclusive, is helpful for RDAP admission with the court’s recognition and encouragement for treatment. Unfortunately, the PSR often times wrongly reports an inmate's substance abuse due to erroneous advice from counsel or lack of accuracy.

Updating the PSR, after the fact, is very difficult after sentencing. In such cases, the burden of proof is much higher but not impossible. The offender can seek documentation verifying substance abuse from a former probation officer or addiction treatment provider.

The documentation must adequately show the diagnosis and treatment performed as well as written contemporaneously within one year prior to incarceration.

Next, the offender must meet formal psychological diagnostic criteria by passing a formal clinical interview by the Drug Abuse Program Coordinator (DAPC), who will look at official background documentation, such as a PSR, and other information that supports the diagnosis.

We specialize in successful RDAP eligibility, admissions, and support for the maximum sentence reduction possible for early release?.

Timing is extremely important in dealing with RDAP, therefore please contact us as soon as possible.