Residential Drug Abuse Program


Federal Prison 18 Month Early Release Program

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How the BOP RDAP Program
Early Prison Releases Work

The Federal Bureau of Prisons Residential Drug Abuse Program normally takes 9 months to complete. Qualified inmates attend a 500-hour program at selected Federal Prisons throughout the U.S.

It’s like an endless AA or NA meeting that goes on 4 days a week for 9 months. RDAP inmates read books, listen to lectures, watch videos and spill their guts about their issues.

Completing RDAP successfully may qualify inmates for 18 month early releases on their Federal Prison sentence. This is above and beyond any Good Time provided they meet all the programs requirements as listed below.


  1. An addiction to Drugs or Alcohol (Program Eligibility)
  2. Documentation of Substance Abuse (Early Release Eligibility)
  3. Criminal History Eligibilities (Disqualifying Offenses)
  4. Length of an Inmate’s Sentence (How Much Time Inmate’s Get Off)


RDAP Eligibility
Drug and Alcohol Addictions

To be RDAP eligible, inmates must be sentenced, and in a Federal Prison with a verifiable substance addiction problem.

Abuse of Heroin, marijuana, Cocaine, Methamphetamine or prescription drugs like Valium, Norcos or Vicodin meet entrance criteria for the RDAP Program. BUT QUALIFYING TO GET TIME OFF IS THE KEY!

Documentation of Addiction
How We Help You Qualify

Wall Street Prison Consultants has a Retired Federal Bureau of Prisons psychology official on staff. Our retired BOP staff member will evaluate you, and issue a chemical dependency assessment meeting criteria for RDAP entrance.

Evaluated clients with chemical dependency issues and no prior violence normally qualify for early release.

A report will issued and signed with the retired BOP Officials name and psychology staff title. A copy of the report will be sent directly to the BOP psychology department where the inmate is being held, expediting RDAP entrance qualification.

How Much Time You Can Get Off

By law, Federal inmates may not get more than 1 year off their sentence for completing RDAP. The amount of time an inmate is eligible to get off, is actually defined by the length of their original sentence.

37 Month Plus Sentence
(12 Months Off)
36 to 31 Months Sentence
(9 Months Off)
31 Months or Less Sentence
(6 Months Off)

Whose Not Eligible For
Early Release

  • Pre-Sentence Federal Detainees
  • Non U.S. Citizen Inmates
  • State Inmates
  • ICE Immigration Inmates
  • Military Inmates

To qualify, defendants can’t have ANY violence or weapons convictions in their past, including crimes involving sexual contact. Defendants convicted on “Child Pornography” are still eligible for early release provided they had no physical with minors.

A domestic violence history is also a no no, so if you used the old lady as a punching bag you’re out of luck!

Surviving RDAP From The Inside

You also need to have clean conduct on the inside, so no fighting, stealing, getting caught whipping up a batch of pruno, using someone else phone time or violating the rules in any way. You get caught doing something the BOP will throw you right out of the program and you can kiss that early release goodbye!


Upon successful completion of the 500 hour RDAP program, eligible inmate’s benefit in the following way:

1. Early Prison Release of up to 12 months off their incarceration time.

2. Plus 6 months stay in a halfway house or home confinement placement at the end of their sentence.

Although we cannot and will not make decisions for clients, we do bring relevant information to their attention that their lawyers, or most likely their paralegal may have over-looked that could have serious implications regarding the amount of time they end of being sentenced to, or being hit monetary fines or restitution.

Call (855) 577-4766 and speak to a Prison Consultant now. Let us help you make educated decisions on your legal issues.

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