Ja Rule — Released from Prison … Kinda


Ja Rule … aka inmate #07608730Q … is finally out of prison, roughly 21 months after being locked up on gun charges … but he”s not exactly a free man yet.

Rule had been locked up at the Mid-State Correctional Facility in New York since June 2011 — where he was in protective custody due to his celebrity status. Rule was serving a 2 year sentence stemming from a gun conviction.

But he”s not out of the woods yet … “cause Rule still has time to serve on the 28 month sentence he was ordered to serve stemming from a federal tax evasion conviction.

Officials say Rule was escorted out of the prison early Thursday morning by U.S. Marshals … and is still in custody … but it”s unclear where he”ll serve out the remainder of his time. 

Rule”s lawyer says the rapper might have less than 6 months left on his sentence … and could be eligible for a halfway house. There”s also a chance he could land in federal prison … but some of those are like country clubs.

Either way … probably better than the Mid-State Correctional Facility.