Despite several reports, rapper T.I. is still on track to spend approximately one year in prison when he enters the Forrest City Federal Correctional Complex’s low security facility next week.
Following a report by the Associated Press on Sunday (May 17), news spread across the internet and throughout the entertainment industry that the Atlanta entertainer would only serve two months of the 366-day sentence handed down in March in connection with his October 2007 arrest. The reduced sentence was due to a credit for the 305 days of home confinement T.I.
However, Charysse Alexander, a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia told MTV.com today that the credit has nothing to do with T.I.’s prison sentence.
The rapper, born Clifford Harris, could see 15% of his sentence taken off for good behavior, reducing his sentence to 311 days.
The credit for home confinement will be applied to the 365 days of house arrest the rapper was set to serve after he completes his prison term, Alexander added.
In an interview with the Associate Press, Forrest City spokesperson R.D. Weeks indicated that when T.I. joins the other 1,500 inmates currently being held at the facility, he will most likely be treated like any other prisoner.
Unless a custody or security concern is observed, he will be placed in general population, will share a double-bunked cell with another prisoner, and will have access to all inmate activities, including the recreation yard and counseling.
The "King of the South" will reportedly complete two music videos before beginning his stay. Tip's rep told XXL that the Atlanta rap giant has already shot one video and will shoot another clip for "Don't Forget," his duet with Mary J. Blige on Thursday (May 21) in Los Angeles. Both new songs will appear on the re-issue to T.I.'s multi-platinum selling album Paper Trail. While there is no official release date as of yet, they are hoping to drop the album sometime this August.
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Posted By Jazzie to Your Black Gossip: The Official Source of Black Celebrity Gossip at 5/20/2009 08:26:00 AM