RDAP, Vocational Training, and COVID Win Release for Cocaine Dealer
On August 21, 2009 Federal Judge Denny Chin sentenced Benjamin Resto to 188 months in Federal Prison for distribution of cocaine. Yesterday, he released him after having completed 150 months on compassionate release grounds. The Judge was impressed by Mr. Resto’s rehabilitation efforts which included completing the nine month RDAP (Residential Drug and Alcohol Awareness Program), taking 40 Vocational Training and Adult Education Classes, and maintaining a relationship with his son. Additionally, the judge expressed concern about the BOP’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis.
Mr. Resto was ordered released within 10 days where he will travel to his home and quarantine for a period of 14 days. On the 15th day he is to report to probation for a reduced three year supervised release term.
Congratulations to Mr. Resto and his family.