Clifford “T.I.” Harris is officially a free man — mostly. On Friday (March 26), the rapper completed his prison sentence , stemming from a 2007 arrest for attempting to illegally purchase firearms. The MC was given his walking papers by the Georgia courts and his jail term is complete, according to Federal Bureau of Prisons records.
Originally given 366 days in prison, T.I. was released to a halfway house in December but according to his lawyer Steve Sadow, Tip has been on home incarceration for the past 30 days. Under the terms of his home confinement, Tip had to sleep at his house and be home by 11 p.m., or 1 a.m. if he was working.
Sadow told MTV News that Tip now has three years of “supervised release,” a.k.a. probation. This includes 23 more days of home incarceration under the aforementioned terms, regular visits with a probation officer and he must have permission to travel. T.I. also must complete approximately 400 more hours of community service.
Before his prison stint began, T.I. made an arrangement with prosecutors in which he would complete 1,500 hours of community service, 1,000 of which needed to be completed before he would be formally sentenced. In exchange, he was given the 366-day jail sentence, which allowed him the opportunity for early release. T.I. officially began serving his time in May, meaning he ended up doing 10 months of the year-and-a-day bid.
Since being moved to the halfway house in December, T.I. has been recording the follow-up to his 2008 album, Paper Trail, and earlier this month, he released a brand-new single titled “I’m Back.” The record is the first release from Tip’s forthcoming, still-untitled album, which is scheduled for release on August 24. His film, “Takers,” co-starring Idris Elba, Chris Brown and others, is scheduled to come out on August 20.
T.I. has also been delving out verses in recent weeks. He jumped on “Guilty” from Usher’s new album, Raymond vs. Raymond, and he also appears on a new Jamie Foxx record called “Winner,” which features Justin Timberlake (and recently leaked onto the Internet).
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