Rapper T.I. Harris, also known as Clifford J. Harris, Jr. completed his 11-month sentence today and was officially released back into Atlanta society this morning according to Access Atlanta. But the rapper musician will continue to remain under the legal supervision of the Federal Bureau of Prisons for another year, undergoing mandatory drug and alcohol testing.
Those convicted of crimes including weapons violations and drug offenses could potentially pose a harm to society if they reoffend, which T.I. Harris has done on several occasions, including his arrest in Los Angeles last September as noted by Access Atlanta, due to drug charges. And also due to his prior arrest for illegal weapons possession before that, which resulted in the parole violation that sent him to the Arkansas prison last year.
The judicial system seeks to integrate released inmates back into society if they feel they have been rehabilitated and once they have served their required time. The Federal Bureau of Prisons sought to allow T.I. Harris to enter a halfway house in Atlanta to complete his one month sentence remainder at the end of August, but they returned him to federal custody when they said he did not follow the required procedures regarding his release transportation requirements.
While T.I. Harris and his attorney denied this to the press, it appears the federal agency was in the right as T.I. Harris was not immediately released back into the halfway house and his attorney was not allowed to disagree formally within the judicial system.
Atlanta citizens and those elsewhere in the country desire to live in a society in which violence is not a possibility, and they don’t want drug or alcohol users manning vehicles on streets their families use to travel. They don’t want neighbors collecting illegal weapons either.
The judicial system has a responsiblity to ensure that any convicted criminal put back out onto the streets — especially one to a high level of financial resources — does not pose a danger to society upon release. The Federal Bureau of Prisons has given T.I. Harris numerous opportunities to become drug-free and to operate within the law and his parole requirements.
T.I. Harris’ drug test failure last year, after being released on parole for his weapons conviction, did not appear to show a rehabilitated offender, prompting Judge Charles Pannel to sentence T.I. Harris to more time, according to the AJC.
Harris received consideration a second time, at the end of August, when the federal system planned to allow him to enter a halfway house in Atlanta for the final month of his sentence. Yet, according to the Federal Bureau of Paroles, T.I. Harris violated that freedom as well Access Atlanta reported.
Now T.I. Harris is back in Atlanta and planning a party. Access Atlanta reports that T.I.’s parole officer will be tasked with making sure T.I. Harris continues to remain drug and alcohol free and does not get behind the wheel of a car.
T.I. will not be able to travel by vehicle unless it is work related and cannot be gone for more than seven days within any given month — and no more than seven days in a row.
In addition, T. I. Harris will have to undergo treatment for his addictions and he cannot possess or own any firearms. His parole officer will have the power to conduct searches at any time to ensure T.I. Harris is obeying the law this time for the safety of the Atlanta community.
Failure to comply with the laws in America have stiff consequences, even for those with money and fame. T.I. Harris is but one example for youth in Atlanta and elsewhere that being a rapper or other celebrity cannot buy you out of trouble. Hopefully, T.I. Harris will focus on his family this time and maintaining his sobriety, for the sake of his freedom and the safety of the community.