News: UPDATE: T.I. Escapes From Prison, "He Was Released This Morning"

Tuesday, Dec 22, 2009 2:15PM

Written by Biz Jones

Incarcerated rapper Clifford "T.I." Harris has been transferred from his Arkansas prison location and placed into a Georgia halfway house, according to his attorney.

Lawyer Steve Sadow said the rapper has returned to his hometown, Atlanta, Georgia.

"He was released this morning from his place of incarceration in Arkansas," Sadow said in an interview. "As I understand it, he's on his way back to the Atlanta area. He has to report to a halfway house in Atlanta sometime this evening. And he will then spend somewhere between the next two or three months in a halfway house, ending his Buruea of Prison sentence. A halfway house is more along the lines of a residential dormitory. You live within this house that is broken into areas for living, and you are permitted to leave during the day for certain reasons of which would be employment, medical reasons, things of that nature, and you return to the halfway house in the evening. So it's a restriction on your liberty but it's a way for you to reenter into society and not be confined within a jail type institution 24-hours a day." (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. was recently named one of iTunes highest-selling artists in its "Top 10 Tracks" 2009 listing.

1. "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)

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