Articles about the Residential Drug Abuse Treatment Program (RDAP)

In 1994, congress passed the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act which mandated a number of changes, the most important of which authorizes the Bureau of Prisons to provide up to a one-year sentence reduction for early release and 6-month halfway house/home confinement for non-violent inmates who successfully completes the program called the 500-Hour Residential Drug Abuse Treatment Program (RDAP). Today, RDAP is the only program available at the BOP that provides for any sentence reduction and early release and is highly sought after among inmates - with only a small percentage of applicants admitted.


This new act also requires the BOP to provide residential drug abuse treatment for all inmates who are “eligible”, requiring a verifiable documented drug, alcohol, or prescription abuse problem before an inmate could be admitted to the RDAP program.


RDAP Law and Prison Consultants is your most comprehensive source of information for this program. Select from the articles on the navigation bar to your left or from below.

What is RDAP?                               RDAP Treatment Contract

Survive and Thrive in RDAP               Sample RDAP Treatment Plan

RDAP Frequently Asked Questions      Certificate of RDAP Completion

RDAP Program Details                       RDAP Federal Prison Locations

RDAP Rules and Expectations            Criteria for Substance Abuse & Dependence

Notice of RDAP Qualification

RDAP Course Materials

     The Eight Attitudes                    Community Discussion Format

     Steps to Responsible Thinking      Concept of Feedback

     Criminal Thinking Patterns            RDAP Public Speaking

     Criminal Thinking Errors                Your Autobiography

     Rational Thinking Errors                Your Victim Empathy