What is RDAP and How Can it Help a Federal Inmate?

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Residential Drug Abuse Treatment Program (RDAP) 

  • A 500 hour program where inmates are placed in a class that lives together, separated from the general prison population.
  • Takes six to twelve months to complete.
  • Inmate must have (1) verifiable drug abuse problem (2) No ‘serious’ mental health issues (3) within 36 months of release (4) agree to participate (sign agreement) (5) appropriate security level.
  • Inmate cannot have a crime of violence. 

​A qualified attorney will request the Court to recommend RDAP and other programs in the Court's sentencing order. 

Early Release Based on Successful Completion of RDAP

Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 227(d), an inmate who is sentenced for a non-violent offense, has a substance abuse problem and successfully completes a residential drug abuse treatment program, may qualify for an early release not to exceed twelve (12) months   

Inmates Who Are Not Eligible for Early Release

  • INS/ICE detainees.
  • Inmates with prior felony or misdemeanor convictions within 10 years of the sentencing date for their current case; for homicide, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, arson, kidnapping or child sexual abuse offenses. 
  • Inmates whose current offense has an element of physical force, carry, possession of a firearm, sexual abuse offenses. 
  • Current offense that by it’s nature or conduct present a serious potential risk or physical force against the person or property of another. 
  • Offenses for which a guideline enhancement was applied to the offense level for the use or threatened use of force or firearm.

If You Have Questions Regarding A Federal Criminal Case

Please contact Clifton Law Office, you can reach me at my contact page online, or you can call me directly at 904-209-4883.