News: T.I.'s Lawyer Says Rapper May Come Home Early, "We Are Hopeful T.I. Will Be Placed In A Halfway House"
Tuesday, Dec 15, 2009 5:55PM
An attorney for incarcerated rapper Clifford "T.I." Harris has addressed rumors of the Grand Hustle leader being placed in a halfway house to help shorten his prison sentence.
According to lawyer Steve Sadow, Tip could be released within the next few months.
T.I. has a projected release date in "approximately the fourth week of March 2010. Now it is up to the [Federal] Bureau of Prisons to decide whether someone should be placed in a halfway house prior to the projected release date," Sadow explained. "The Bureau of Prisons can do that and typically does it either a month before, or two months before... as much as six months before the projected release date. We are hopeful that T.I. will be placed in a halfway house within the next month or so, which would be about two or three months before his projected release date. We are hopeful for that, we do not have any control over it. The Bureau of Prisons makes that decision entirely on its own, they don't share that decision with the public and they don't share that decision with the defense lawyers," he said. (XXL Mag)
Initial reports show that T.I. was scheduled to return home in May 2010.
Officially, T.I. isn't slated to be released until May 26, 2010, however, due to good behavior and other factors, prison officials are considering releasing him to a halfway home by no later than March 2010. This will be great news for fans of southern hip hop, as many of their favorite artists are either currently in jail or facing lock-up soon. (Dime Wars)
The rapper is currently doing time for his arrest on gun charges two years ago.
Federal agents targeted Harris in 2007 after they arrested his body guard, who bought guns from undercover agents. He said the three machine guns and two silencers were for Harris. Shortly after the bodyguard arrest, Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents arrested T.I. when he took delivery of the weapons from the bodyguard. The arrest took place just hours before, and blocks away from where Harris was to receive two awards at the 2007 BET Hip-Hop Awards in Atlanta. As part of his plea deal, Harris agreed to spend 1,500 hours talking to at-risk children and teens; including 1,000 due before prison. After he is released, Harris has a year on house arrest and two more on probation. The government fined him $100,000. (Access Atlanta)
T.I. recently was named one of iTunes highest-selling artists in its "Top 10 Tracks" 2009 listing.
. "Boom Boom Pow" (Black Eyed Peas). 2. "Right Round" (Flo Rida) 3. "Poker Face" (Lady Gaga) 4. "I Gotta Feeling" (Black Eyed Peas) 5. "Gives You H*ll" (The All-American Rejects) 6. "Just Dance" (Lady Gaga) 7. "Party in the U.S.A." (Miley Cyrus) 8. "The Climb" (Miley Cyrus) 9. "Dead & Gone" (T.I.) 10. "Use Somebody" (Kings of Leon) (Hits Daily Double)
No further details have been released as of now.