Federal Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP)

The Federal Bureau of Prisons will make available to federal inmates different in house rehabilitation programs for prisoners that are currently or about to serve prison sentences.  The rehab program consists of a substance abuse program where if they complete the 500-hour six-month program they then become eligible for sentence reductions.  This program is called RDAP.  It is the most successful intensive program to help inmates receive treatment for addiction, and to learn life skills and become part of society again.

What are the eligibility and exclusion standards?

To determine eligibility for the federal RDAP program, the inmate must meet the following criteria:

  1. They must be serving time at a federal facility
  2. They must be able to prove that they had a substance abuse program 12 months before being arrested for the sentence that they have been convicted of

There are also some exclusions that also prevent some inmates. These exceptions apply to inmates:

  1. Have been convicted of violent offenses
  2. Have been convicted of child sexual abuse, forcible rape, aggravated assault, homicide and robbery

Program Structure:

Typically, for an inmate to participate in the program they will have to sign up for RDAP.  The waiting list is long and it is on a first come first service basis.  The inmate will start to participate in the program when they are approximately 24 months away from their release date, although the period could be less and could be up to the program with less than 12 months left on their sentence.

After the prisoner is in RDAP, they must complete 500 hours of treatment within six months of enrolling.  Once completed they are eligible to get up to a 12-month reduction of their sentence, but the main determining factor of the reduction is based on the amount of time left on their sentence.  The average sentence reduction is typically 9 months.


Because of the program, the inmates have shown signs of improving their lives.

  1. Less recidivism, which means that they are less likely to commit the same crime that landed them in prison
  2. Less relapse into drugs and alcohol
  3. Smaller chance to commit crimes after releases
  4. Better mental and health conditions
  5. Inmates become more aware and make better decisions
  6. Better education and better jobs
  7. Reduced sentences

Overall most prisoners that go through the RDAP program become a better person overall.  They have a better shot of reintegrating the prisoner back into society.  They have a better chance at getting a job after they are released, increases better decision making skills, and they learn how to process decisions.

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