Recently freed rapper T.I. was spotted out and about for the first time in over a year on his way to his assigned halfway house in Atlanta. Website TMZ caught the first glimpse of TIP, clad in camoflouge shorts and T-shirt with his signature rubberband.
T.I. is halfway home. After being sent back to a federal lockup on August 31 — just as he was making his way via luxury tour bus to a post-jail facility — T.I. has now been cleared to finish the remainder of his 11-month sentence in an Atlanta halfway house as originally intended.
On Thursday (September 15), the rapper's lawyer, Steve Sadow, told MTV News that Tip is currently in the halfway house, where he will remain until September 29. If all goes according to plan, the ATL rapper will have completed his current prison bid for a probation violation that stems from a September 2010 arrest for drug possession.
"[T.I.] went through a disciplinary hearing held before the 'Center Disciplinary Committee' (composed of Community Corrections-halfway house-staff) who recommended that he be returned to the halfway house," Sadow confirmed in an emailed statement.
"We have good reason to believe that this favorable result was reached because of the pro-active and assertive approach taken to protect T.I.'s rights by providing [Federal Bureau of Prisons] officials and the media with reliable and accurate information that T.I. did not intend to violate his transfer furlough or any other [Federal Bureau Prisons] rules en route from the prison facility in Arkansas to the halfway house in Atlanta," Sadow told TMZ. "T.I. will be released from the custody of the [Federal Bureau Prisons] on September 29th, and then will be supervised by the U.S. Probation Office for a period of one year."
Last month, the B.O.P. allowed Tip to provide his own transportation from the Arkansas prison where he was being held to the aforementioned Atlanta halfway house. The Trap Muzik MC's decision to ride in a luxury tour bus was widely reported as the reason he was sent back to prison; several sites said the bus was deemed an unacceptable mode of transportation. Upon his arrival at the halfway house, T.I. was taken back into federal custody.
Last week, TMZ published an incident report that clarified why T.I.'s first trip to the halfway house was actually cut short. According to the report, T.I. was on the bus last month with his wife, his manager and two VH1 producers. His manager and the television producers, however, were not authorized to be aboard the vehicle. The document also suggested that T.I. was conducting business during the interstate ride — a violation of his furlough.