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Old 01-26-2018, 12:35 AM
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I'm about to take a deal for a 31 month sentence and I want to make sure I'm getting this right, I would be eligible for 9 month reduction if I take the class..

How long is it gonna take me to get into RDAP based on what you guys have experienced? with 87% of 31 being 27 months right from the get go will I still be eligible to get in?

Also, not as important of a question but how many hours a day is it exactly ? 500 hours into 5 days a week for 9 months seems like only about 2.7 hours per day where others have said it takes up your whole day?

Am I safe to assume I would be out in about 12 months?

This is how I did my calculation.. 31 months x .87 good time - 9 RDAP reduction - 6 HWH time = 11.97 months

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Old 01-26-2018, 01:45 AM
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Also, I wanted to add , since Lompoc doesn't have RDAP anymore at the camp does that mean I'm going to be designated into the Low side or would I be transferred to another facility (Sheridan maybe?)
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You are on the edge of RDAP eligibility with a 31 month sentence, so it is questionable that you will be able to enroll at all. Even so, the RDAP program takes longer to complete than your 11.97 total months to serve computation, so that definitely won't happen.

When you arrive at your first prison, ask about the possibility of taking RDAP (and earning extra time off, two different things) as soon as you meet your counselor or other unit team member. If you are scheduled for RDAP, you will have to move to a location that has a class beginning at a time that will fit your sentence timeline, which is often a lengthy process.

To clarify your 87% regular good time comment, you will earn 121 days of regular good time, leaving a sentence of approximately 27 actual months to serve. HWH is still being in bop custody, just not in a prison, so that will happen (if it does) before your end of sentence date. Ask your unit team about that too.
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My family member was sentenced to 31 months (if I remember correctly). There was luckily an RDAP program starting about 6 weeks after he SS. He did 16 months inside, and 6 months at the HWH.

I believe your calculations are off. He only got 6 months RDAP credit not 9 months. A lot of it will be up to your counselor.
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You are on the edge of RDAP eligibility with a 31 month sentence, so it is questionable that you will be able to enroll at all. Even so, the RDAP program takes longer to complete than your 11.97 total months to serve computation, so that definitely won't happen.

When you arrive at your first prison, ask about the possibility of taking RDAP (and earning extra time off, two different things) as soon as you meet your counselor or other unit team member. If you are scheduled for RDAP, you will have to move to a location that has a class beginning at a time that will fit your sentence timeline, which is often a lengthy process.

To clarify your 87% regular good time comment, you will earn 121 days of regular good time, leaving a sentence of approximately 27 actual months to serve. HWH is still being in bop custody, just not in a prison, so that will happen (if it does) before your end of sentence date. Ask your unit team about that too.
Thanks for the info, I was planning on telling my attorney to request me to go to the nearest camp with RDAP from the get go so I don't waste time getting transferred etc. But I guess anything can happen when dealing with the BOP and it's not always what we hope for. The 11 months calculation was actually taking the RDAP reductions into account so would I still be able to get it if my actual sentence is 27 months after good time reduction? I understand 9 months reduction is the max and most people don't always get it, I guess I'm just being too optimistic here.

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My family member was sentenced to 31 months (if I remember correctly). There was luckily an RDAP program starting about 6 weeks after he SS. He did 16 months inside, and 6 months at the HWH.

I believe your calculations are off. He only got 6 months RDAP credit not 9 months. A lot of it will be up to your counselor.
Thank you , I got about the same after calculating getting about 5-6 months off. I read somewhere on this site that the camp I go to doesn't even give 9 months off but around half of that. I guess I will just have to hope for atleast 6 months off.
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You also need to qualify for the RDAP program and that's not a given. Additionally, a lot of camps are closing RDAP programs and shifting prisoners elsewhere, so they are full and the prisoners are having to take a backseat and go in the regular population until a spot opens up in the RDAP program before they can start. Definitely don't put your cart before the horse.

Lastly, you should start following the FAMM website as there are a lot of changes going on with the HWH and a lot of people are not getting their HWH time. They are just being forced to stay in the prisons longer since the HWH are closing. There is no guarantee either that you will get assigned to the facility that your attorney or the prosecutor or judge recommends. The BOP assigns them and even if you are recommended for RDAP, you may still not get assigned to that facility.

One other thing. The "class" I have heard sucks and is not a cakewalk. I have also heard that if you don't really have a problem it is extremely difficult. You are expected to be a snitch and if you don't snitch, you can get kicked out of the program. My husband didn't qualify for RDAP because his sentence is only 18 months, he is so happy he didn't qualify and that his lawyer didn't need to ask for it because he said it is very difficult for people who really don't have problems and a lot of them just drop out of it. It can be intense. There is of course a benefit for people who do have issues, but you have to really be wanting to learn from your mistakes and not just be in there only for the sake of the reduced sentence. It is from what I hear, an intense program. The RDAP people are segregated into their own dorm and you take classes wtih them, etc.

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You also need to qualify for the RDAP program and that's not a given. Additionally, a lot of camps are closing RDAP programs and shifting prisoners elsewhere, so they are full and the prisoners are having to take a backseat and go in the regular population until a spot opens up in the RDAP program before they can start. Definitely don't put your cart before the horse.

Lastly, you should start following the FAMM website as there are a lot of changes going on with the HWH and a lot of people are not getting their HWH time. They are just being forced to stay in the prisons longer since the HWH are closing. There is no guarantee either that you will get assigned to the facility that your attorney or the prosecutor or judge recommends. The BOP assigns them and even if you are recommended for RDAP, you may still not get assigned to that facility.

One other thing. The "class" I have heard sucks and is not a cakewalk. I have also heard that if you don't really have a problem it is extremely difficult. You are expected to be a snitch and if you don't snitch, you can get kicked out of the program. My husband didn't qualify for RDAP because his sentence is only 18 months, he is so happy he didn't qualify and that his lawyer didn't need to ask for it because he said it is very difficult for people who really don't have problems and a lot of them just drop out of it. It can be intense. There is of course a benefit for people who do have issues, but you have to really be wanting to learn from your mistakes and not just be in there only for the sake of the reduced sentence. It is from what I hear, an intense program. The RDAP people are segregated into their own dorm and you take classes wtih them, etc.
I understand, I dont want to get my hopes up too much but I have to try. I had a major painkiller addiction up until the point I was arrested last year , I spent a week in county before I was put on pre-trial release and I decided that I wasn't going to let those week of withdrawals go to waste and just kept going cold turkey. I'm not going to lie, I really want it for the sentence reduction , but If I can better myself through it at the same time and come home with a different positive outlook on life that would be a big plus for me as well.
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I understand, I dont want to get my hopes up too much but I have to try. I had a major painkiller addiction up until the point I was arrested last year , I spent a week in county before I was put on pre-trial release and I decided that I wasn't going to let those week of withdrawals go to waste and just kept going cold turkey. I'm not going to lie, I really want it for the sentence reduction , but If I can better myself through it at the same time and come home with a different positive outlook on life that would be a big plus for me as well.
I graduated from RDAP 12 months ago and can tell you that they are changing their policies. Under the Trump administration, they are handing out less time. I personally witnessed people who had either 9 or 6 months given to them reduced to 3 months. To be clear, they spent 3 or 6 months more in prison.

RDAP is different. I found that few people took it altruistically, most faked it to make it. There were many, many people who would get up on the mic and talk a good talk, but then were busted either high or drunk later. One guy was literally 3 days away from heading home and got busted during his goodbye party.

I was in a camp and can tell you that there are a lot of snitches. I saw so many more years handed out for violations due to snitches. In fact, my bunkie received another 5-10 (I never heard the final year total from the staff), for having used a cell phone, which is classified as an escape device.

I did see one or two people use the information in RDAP to actually change. One was a banger who had worked his way down from a medium to a low and finally to the camp where I met him.

For me, I would rather have stayed in the camp than go into the Halfway House. The feds shared the facility with the state, so when the state was on lock down so were we. We had a fence, no windows to the outside and nowhere to go. At the camp, I could pretty much go outside whenever I wanted, outside of closed hours (night time), while at the Halfway House, I never once stepped outside except to go to RDAP follow-up or on passes. My exercise was walking up and down the stairs, for hours on end. It was either that or read, sleep or fight for a decent TV show (which I didn't do).

I was given passes on the weekends: 8,12, and then 24 hours. After the obligatory waiting time, that is. So, I didn't get too many before being sent home.
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There is a requirement that you have used mood altering drugs within on year of entering a facility. Alcohol use (abuse) is also considered in this calculation. If you have had any slips within the year, it would be good to report this to the Pre-sentence Officer to be included in the Pre-Sentence Report. This is the primary document that the BOP will be looking at to determine your eligibility for admittance.

Your formula is not possible, because you have to be evaluated and accepted into the program and there has to be an opening. You can ask for a specific institution at sentencing and asking for one that has RDAP would be a good idea. The BOP has had a big budget cut and transfers are difficult to arrange because of financial considerations.

Here's a Federal Forum that has RDAP discussions. http://www.prisontalk.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=649
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From what I remember, my case wasnít drug related at all nor did I have a problem, my counselor told me donít even think about it with a 37 month sentence. Again everything is different at each prison. I came to learn really quick that the BOP has a policy but is can be altered or have some flexibility if you will. I know if you truly need the help I think itís good, however itís all about funding and how many can we graduate so we can get more money. Now I was in when Obama was in office so I knowfundimg wasnít beyond horrible. Good luck.
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All things aside, I would say youíll be inside 16 months of the 31...based on my knowledge and being at Sheridan in 2016 (from what I saw). But with newer HWH policies, I would expect to be inside for 19 to 21 months on 31. Then if you are in for less, youíre happy.
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