T.I. continues to do good…from behind bars! The Atlanta emcee is currently serving an 11 month sentence due to a probation violation stemming from a Los Angeles arrest, however the Grand Hustle CEO lightened the spirits of 14 of his fellow inmates. T.I. chartered a bus to bring 46 family members to visit their incarcerated relatives at Forrest City Correctional Facility Memorial Day weekend.
Tip said in a statement:
“I’ve been blessed to receive tons and tons of mail from my fans, family and friends, as well as get visits on a regular basis. Unfortunately some guys aren’t as fortunate. There are a lot of good dudes in here that haven’t been able to see there loved ones in years. Their families can’t afford the trip so I wanted to help out.”
The voyage, deemed “To See a Loved One,” picked up friends and family in Atlanta and Alabama before heading to the correctional facility in Arkansas. Riders were able to visit with the 14 inmates on both Sunday and Monday.
Of course T.I. is no stranger to helping the troubled in need. In 2010, Tip was able to talk a suicidal man down from atop a 22-story building in Midtown Atlanta. And after his 2007 federal weapons arrest, Tip was able to strike a plea deal, agreeing to 1500 hours of community service which he served by talking to at-risk youth groups around the U.S.
T.I. has 4 months left in his current sentence.
By Simone Hilliard