T.I. back in prison following probation violation

Rapper T.I. was released from prison on Wednesday after serving ten months of an eleven-month sentence after his probation for a federal weapons offense was revoked. His freedom was short-lived; he was back in prison the next day and will likely remain there until his prison sentence officially ends in late September.

T.I. violated his probation because law enforcement officers found illegal drugs in his possession during a traffic stop. T.I. was pulled over by police and found with an ecstasy pill, and he tested positive for opiates. He was also in contact with a convicted felon, which was prohibited during his probation.

He had been allowed to avoid the maximum prison sentence on an earlier weapons charge, but was then sent to serve eleven more months after the violations. The judge refused to let T.I. avoid prison following the probation violations because he had already let T.I. participate in an alternative sentence. T.I. had been allowed to avoid a maximum five-year prison sentence if he did community service, paid a fine and stayed under house arrest before serving one year in jail.

Right before T.I.’s court appearance on the probation violation he talked a man out of committing suicide by jumping off a building. Some people were cynical and felt that T.I. was trying to manipulate the court’s decision, but others felt it was a genuinely heroic effort.

T.I. was let out of prison a month early and set to finish the last month of his sentence at a halfway house. The problem seems to be that he took a luxury rap tour bus to get from the prison to the halfway house. The Federal Bureau of Prisons took him back into custody after he got off the bus. His sentence is set to end in late September.

Source: Los Angeles Times, “T.I. back in prison after luxury-bus ride to halfway house,” Christie D’Zurilla, Sept. 2, 2011