Sentence Reduction Programs
Since the demise of the ICC Program, there are currently only four options available to shorten a federal prison sentence. The most widely known option is participation in the 500-Hour Residential Drug Abuse Program commonly referred to as RDAP. The 500-Hour Residential Drug Abuse Program is a very competitive and highly sought after program in the federal prison system. The reason is simple. Graduates of the RDAP program are eligible for up to a twelve (12) month federal prison sentence reduction, depending upon the length of their sentence, and up to a six (6) month community custody (halfway house) designation. This has the effect of reducing the inmate’s institutional federal prison incarceration by up to eighteen (18) months! Imagine up to eighteen (18) months off your federal prison sentence!
The 500-Hour Residential Drug Abuse Program is highly competitive and sought after by inmates already serving time in federal prison and those defendants about to be sentenced to federal prison. Jail Time Consulting specializes in positioning our clients to take advantage of this valuable Bureau of Prisons’ program. Since competition is keen, applicants must be extremely knowledgeable in the admission requirements and meet the diagnostic criteria for substance abuse or dependence as indicated in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV). This qualifying information should be included in the defendant’s Pre-Sentencing Investigation Report (PSI) under the Substance Abuse section. Unfortunately, many defendants fail to report this information or were advised by their attorney not to disclose this information to the U.S. Probation Officer authoring the PSI for fear of receiving another charge or a more severe sentence. This is where Jail Time Consulting can help. We assist our clients in providing “collateral documentation” as authorized in the March 2009 of the PS 5331.02 Program Statement revision. Whether you are currently in a federal prison or about to enter a federal prison, Jail Time Consulting can assist you in meeting the eligibility requirements for this program. Contact us now at 954-522-2254 as time is critical.
How do I get an RDAP Sentence Reduction Application
Application to the RDAP program can only be made by the inmate once he is in federal prison and within thirty-six (36) months of release. Currently some prisons have increased this period to within forty-two (42) months of release. Many inmates arrive at Federal Prison Camps with sentences less than thirty-six months. These inmates are immediately eligible, at least time wise, for the 500-Hour Residential Drug Abuse Program and should contact Jail Time Consulting for assistance in admission to the program. Defendants about to be sentenced to federal prison also need to know all the eligibility requirements including the importance of the Pre-Sentencing Investigation Interview and Report, the 500-Hour Residential Drug Abuse Program Eligibility Interview, and the diagnostic criteria for substance abuse or dependence as indicated in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV). If at all possible the defendant should contact Jail Time Consulting before he takes a plea or goes to trial for the optimum results. They should also know the role that institutional case management, the RDAP Coordinator, and the staff of the Psychology Department play in this determination. All this information as well as the 2009 program changes is forthcoming in the RDAP Eligibility Assessment & Positioning Paper (REAPP) which we individually and specifically prepare for each Jail Time Consulting client. This important tool can all but assure the client of a 500-Hour Residential Drug Abuse Program Interview.
Three Other Sentence Reduction Programs
There are three other BOP programs that can limit or reduce the amount of time an inmate stays in prison. The Second Chance Act Program allows the inmate more halfway house time and possibly home detention. The Commutation of Sentence Program and the Compassionate Release Program are two other Bureau of Prisons’ Programs that can significantly reduce an inmate’s sentence.
- Sentence Reduction Programs
- Pre-Sentence Interview Preparation
- Compassionate Release Program
- Pre-Sentence Report Examination
- BOP Facility Designation
- Judicial Recommendations
- RDAP Eligibility Assessment &
Positioning Paper (REAPP)
- Administrative Remedy Program
- Furlough Requests
- Transfer Requests
- Halfway House (CCC) Placement
- Inmate Perks and Upgrades
- Individual Client Research
- Commutation of Sentence Program
- Dismiss your Detainers
- Mothers & Infants Together (MINT)
- Consultation with your Legal Defense Team
- Many other programs
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