RDAP FAQ

The RDAP program is a cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) program run by the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) as passed into law by 18 U.S.C. § 3621 which directs the BOP to provide residential drug abuse treatment to eligible federal inmates. RDAP is an all voluntary 500-hour 9-month program run at roughly 60+ federal prisons throughout the United States. Successful graduates are given up to a one-year reduction in sentence for early release and an increase to 6 months halfway house/home confinement.

No, the RDAP program is only available for federal BOP inmates in federal prisons.

You have to complete 500-hour worth of therapy lasting approximately 9 months. This “Group Therapy” lasts 3.5 hours daily.

Today, after new admissions eligibility rules were put in place in March 2009, most RDAP facilities have no wait list and inmates are receiving their full sentence reduction for early release.

No, a judge's order for RDAP is only a recommendation and inmates must still meet all eligibility requirements in order for admissions. Many inmates come to prison thinking they are eligible only to find out that their substance abuse documentation is incomplete or incorrect. By then, it is too late to change. Please make sure you work with us to make sure everything is correct.

Once admitted, your start date depends on the wait list with priority given to those inmates with an earlier out date. As of 2012, due to the more stringent RDAP eligibility and admissions guidelines, most inmates are starting early and are receiving their full sentence reduction for early release.

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.

The best is to 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 12-months prior to your initial arrest or indictment

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 (DSM-IV). This definition shows 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

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. 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.

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 talk with us immediately to properly document your verifiable substance use disorder to guarantee your RDAP eligibility, admissions, and sentence reduction for early release.

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.

Not all federal prisons have the RDAP program. Once admitted into RDAP at your current prison, you will be transferred to another prison that does have the program.

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 following is the amount of sentence reduction for early release:

  • If Your Sentence is:
  • You get:
  • 30 Months or Less
  • 6 Months Sentence Reduction
  • 31 – 36 Months
  • 9 Months Sentence Reduction
  • 37 or more Months
  • 12 Months Sentence Reduction

You will also get an increase to the full 6-months halfway house/home confinement.

Not all federal prisons have the RDAP program. Here is a list, but remember the BOP can make changes at any time.
RDAP Locations by Region

NORTHEAST REGION
FCI Allenwood –L (PA)
FCI Allenwood – M (PA)
FCI Berlin (NH)
USP Canaan (PA)
FCI Danbury (CT)*
FCI Elkton (OH)
FCI Fairton (NJ)
FCI Fort Dix 1(NJ)
FCI Fort Dix 2(NJ)
FPC Lewisburg (PA)
FPC McKean (PA)
FCI Schuylkill (PA)

MID-ATLANTIC REGION
FPC 1 Alderson (WV)*
FPC 2 Alderson (WV)*
FPC Beckley (WV)
FCI Beckley (WV)
USP Big Sandy (KY)
FCI Butner (NC)
FCI Cumberland (MD)
FPC Cumberland (MD)
SFF Hazelton (WV)*
FMC Lexington (KY)
FCI Memphis (TN)
FCI Morgantown 1 (WV)
FCI Morgantown 2 (WV)
FCI Petersburg - M (VA)
FCI Petersburg -L (VA)

SOUTH EAST REGION
FCI Coleman –L (FL)
USP Coleman II (FL)
FPC Edgefield (SC)
FSL Jesup (GA)
FCI Marianna (FL)
FPC Miami (FL)
FCI Miami (FL)^
FPC Montgomery (AL)
FPC Pensacola (FL)
FPC Talladega (AL)
FCI Tallahassee (FL)*
FCI Yazoo City (MS)

NORTH CENTRAL REGION
FPC Duluth (MN)
FCI Englewood (CO)
FPC Florence (CO)
FCI Florence (CO)
FPC Greenville (IL)*
FCI Leavenworth (KS)
FPC Leavenworth (KS)
USP Marion (IL)
FCI Milan (MI)
FCI Oxford (WI)
FCI Pekin (IL)
FCI Sandstone (MN)
MCFP Springfield (MO)#
FCI Terre Haute (IN)
FCI Waseca (MN)*
FPC Yankton (SD)

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION
FCI Bastrop (TX)
FPC Beaumont (TX)
FCI Beaumont – L (TX)
FCI Beaumont – M (TX)
USP Beaumont (TX)
FPC Bryan (TX)*
FMC Carswell (TX)*#^
FCI El Reno (OK)
FCI Fort Worth 1 (TX)
FCI Fort Worth 2 (TX)
FCI Forrest City - Low (AR)
FCI Forrest City - Med (AR)
FCI La Tuna (TX)
FCI Seagoville 1 (TX)
FCI Seagoville 2 (TX)
FPC Texarkana (TX)

WESTERN REGION
FCI Dublin (CA)*
FPC Dublin (CA)*
FCI Herlong, (CA)
FPC Lompoc (CA)
FCI Phoenix (AZ)
FPC Phoenix (AZ)*
FCI Safford (AZ)
FCI Sheridan (OR)
FPC Sheridan (OR)
FCI Terminal Island (CA)

CONTRACT FACILITY
RCI Rivers, (NC)

KEY
FCC = Federal Correctional Complex
FCI = Federal Correctional Institution
FMC = Federal Medical Center
FPC = Federal Prison Camp
FSL = Federal Satellite (Low Security)
MCFP = Medical Center for Prisoners
RCI = Rivers Correctional Institution
* = Female Facility
# = Co-occurring Disorder Program
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Updated 6/03/2013