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, 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.
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
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.
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.
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FMC = Federal Medical Center
FPC = Federal Prison Camp
FSL = Federal Satellite (Low Security)
MCFP = Medical Center for Prisoners
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* = Female Facility
# = Co-occurring Disorder Program
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