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T.I. Released From Prison, Starts VH1 Reality Series

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By Cynthia Hsu, Esq. on August 31, 2011 5:54 PM

Who says you can't make money off of being in jail? Rapper T.I. was just released from prison, and he already has a few deals lined up. T.I. and VH1 have reportedly already hammered out a deal where the cable channel will follow the rapper's return to home from prison.

T.I. is now on his way home to Georgia after being released from a low-security prison in Arkansas this Wednesday.

T.I. was originally sentenced to 7 months in prison in 2009 after he tried to buy unregistered guns and silencers from an undercover officer, reports the AP. He was released on probation, which he violated in September 2010 when he was found to be in possession of four ecstasy pills. In October 2010 he was sentenced to 11 months in prison for his probation violation.

With his early release, T.I. seems to have his business plans all lined up. Not only has VH1 stepped up to film his journey home, but he also finalized a book deal with HarperCollins, the AP reports.

So, it turns out maybe violating his probation wasn't such a bad business decision after all.

When convicted criminals are released from jail, they are often put on a period of probation where they must comply with certain rules. For example, probation rules for a convicted drug user might be that the person cannot use any illegal drugs or drink alcohol during the period of their probation. Violating the terms of probation can result in fines to additional jail time.

In T.I.'s case, possessing the ecstasy pills landed him another 11 months in jail. And, it seems like he got out just in time. Since T.I. was released from prison early, he can now get a jumpstart on getting back to his work as a rapper and as a celebrity. T.I.'s VH1 show is set to air sometime in December, according to the AP.

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