ATLANTA (AP) — The lawyer for rapper T.I.
said Friday that he’s working to have the Grammy winner returned to a halfway
house after a transportation flap left him locked up again in a federal
The Federal Bureau of Prisons website Friday
shows that the rapper is at the Atlanta penitentiary with a release date of
Sept. 29. He had checked into a halfway house in Atlanta this week after serving
months in an Arkansas prison.
The 30-year-old rapper, whose real name is
Clifford Harris, made the 375-mile (600-kilometer) trip to Atlanta in a gleaming
motor coach on Wednesday. The transportation arrangements appear to be the
reason he’s back behind bars, his lawyer said.
“The Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) appears
to have an issue with the circumstances surrounding TI’s transportation from
Arkansas to Atlanta,” T.I.’s attorney, Steve Sadow, said Friday.
Sadow said they haven’t received formal notice from prison officials
explaining what he’s accused of doing wrong.
Sadow said Friday there was never any intent to mislead or misstate T.I.’s
method of transportation, and he hopes the issue can be cleared up quickly so
T.I. can return to the halfway house.
“T.I. got on a private bus in the prison’s parking area in full view of BOP
employees. Indeed, he was actually escorted to the bus by a prison guard,” Sadow
Federal Bureau of Prisons spokesman Chris Burke said Friday he couldn’t
discuss why the rapper was transferred back to a prison.
T.I. had initially served about seven months at the prison in 2009 after he
was arrested for trying to buy unregistered guns and silencers from undercover
federal agents. He was on probation after he was released and ordered not to
commit another crime or to illegally possess any controlled substances.
He was arrested again in September 2010 in
Los Angeles on drug charges after authorities said he was found with four
ecstasy pills. He was sentenced in October to 11 months in prison for that
violation, and had been set for release at the end of September but was let go