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Rapper T.I. Ordered to Federal Prison for Probation Violation

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By Tanya Roth, Esq. on October 27, 2010 2:52 PM

Rapper T.I. is heading right back to prison. Again.

On October 26, U.S. Marshall Beverly Harvard ordered the in-again-out-again rapper to report to federal prison in Arkansas, due to the probation violation on federal weapons charges.

As previously noted in this blog, in September, T.I. and his wife were arrested in Los Angles on drug charges. Although The Star reports that the Los Angeles authorities have declined to press felony charges, the damage has been done. U.S. Marshal Harvard is enforcing an order from a federal judge handed down earlier this month for T.I. to serve and additional 11 months for the probation violation. T.I. (given name, Clifford Harris Jr.) will return to the same low security federal prison where he earlier served time on the original weapons charges.

T.I. has until Nov. 1 to report to the Forrest City facility to begin serving his sentence.

It may sound strange that a U.S. Marshal gave the order for the rapper to report to prison, but in the federal system, prisoner transport is one of the duties of the Marshal Service. While not permitted to set a sentence like a judge, Marshals are responsible for helping to enforce that sentence. Marshals' duties of prison transport, among other duties, require them to answer 1,400 requests a day to move prisoners between judicial districts, correctional institutions and foreign countries, according to the U.S. Marshal Service website.

Soon, rapper T.I. will be all too familiar with the federal system of transport and detention. Hopefully, this next nearly year-long stretch in federal detention will be his last and he can (and should) get back to the business of making music.

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