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Troubled rapper T.I. was granted an early Christmas wish on Tuesday when he was released from prison in Arkansas and allowed to transfer to a halfway house near his native Atlanta, Georgia.

The "Live Your Life" hitmaker, real name Clifford Harris, Jr., has been serving time on charges of weapons possession following his arrest in 2007.

But T.I. will get to live out the remainder of his 366-day sentence in more comfortable surroundings after moving to an incarceration facility closer to his friends and family.

The rapper's lead attorney Steve Sadow has confirmed the star's move, revealing he will spend the next three months at Dismas Charities Atlanta West in Georgia.

Sadow tells, "He was released this morning from his place of incarceration in Arkansas.

"As I understand it, he's on his way back to the Atlanta area. He has to report to a halfway house in Atlanta sometime this evening. And he will then spend somewhere between the next two or three months in a halfway house, ending his Bureau of Prison sentence."

And T.I. will have a lot more freedom in his new living conditions: "A halfway house is more along the lines of a residential dormitory. You live within this house that is broken into areas for living, and you are permitted to leave during the day for certain reasons of which would be employment, medical reasons, things of that nature, and you return to the halfway house in the evening. So it's a restriction on your liberty but it's a way for you to re-enter into society and not be confined within a jail type institution 24-hours a day."