RDAP Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


Q: What is the Residential Federal Drug Abuse Program (RDAP)?


A: The RDAP program is a behavioral therapy program that is run by the Bureau of Prisons that was passed into law which directs the Bureau to provide residential drug and alcohol abuse programs to inmates that are eligible for the program.  The RDAP program is a voluntary program, that is 500 hours long, a 9 month program that is run in over 60 federal prisons throughout the United States.  Once an inmate graduates the program, they can be given up to a one year sentence reduction for early release and are assigned to 6 months in a halfway house/home confinement program.


Q: Are state prisoners eligible for RDAP?

A: No, now RDAP is only for federal prisoners.


Q: How does an inmate successfully graduate from RDAP so they can become eligible for early release and get a sentence reduction?


A: You must be able to complete all three phrases of the RDAP program to be successful and be able to obtain the sentence reduction and early release.


Phase 1:  This is typically the most comprehensive phase, this is the unit based component, it is made up of 500 hours’ worth of therapy that last approximately 9 months.  This is considered group therapy and typically will last 3 ½ hours a day and usually takes place during the morning or afternoon sessions.  The RDAP program has a higher priority than the BOP work or education assignments.  Once completed, you will be able to obtain a certificate of completion for the RDAP program at the end of this phase.



Phase 2:  This is known as the follow up care portion of the program, typically if you haven’t been sent to a halfway house by this time, then the follow up care will come into play.  Sometimes some prisoners will have more time to serve after they graduate from RDAP so they will not be able to leave just yet.  This phase will provide you with weekly group sessions and assignments to work on while you stay in the general prison population.


Phase 3:  The third phase is the last phase, Transitional drug abuse treatment (TDAT).  This lasts for 6 months and takes place at the halfway house that you have been assigned to.  TDAT is made up of weekly group therapy sessions with former RDAP graduates and may include weekly assignments that you must complete.

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