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T.I. appears in a photo posted on his website. / T.I. appears in a mug shot taken after his September 2010 arrest for ecstasy possession, a felony - Provided courtesy of AP / John Amis / Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department

T.I. back in federal prison days after luxury bus ride from jail

09/02/2011 by Corinne Heller

T.I. is back behind bars, just two days after he was released from federal prison, because officials had an "issue" with the luxury coach the rapper used to travel to Atlanta after he was freed, his lawyer says.

An entourage had also trailed the 30-year-old, whose real name is Clifford Harris, in black SUVs as he was transported on Wednesday from a minimum-security federal jail in Arkansas, where he had served 10 months a probation violation, to Atlanta, where he was ordered to spend another month of his sentence in a residential transition facility.

The rapper was incarcerated in a federal prison in Atlanta, records showed on Friday, September 2. He is set to be freed on September 29, which is his original release date. Prison officials have not commented.

"We are awaiting the opportunity to quickly resolve whatever the issue may be that the Federal Bureau of Prisons has with T.I.'s method of transportation, bus, from Arkansas to Atlanta, so that T.I. can return to the halfway house to complete the remaining days of his sentence," T.I.'s attorney, Steve Sadow, told E! News.

T.I. already has a deal for a reality show in the works at VH1 about his post-prison life. The network has ordered 10 half-hour episodes of the show, which is still untitled and which is set to debut on December 5. The series will follow T.I., "as he re-adjusts to life as a free man after being incarcerated for nearly a year in a Federal prison in Arkansas," it said.

In 2009, MTV aired a similar reality show with the rapper called "T.I.'s Road to Redemption: 45 Days to Go," which chronicled his attempts to help others avoid his mistakes.

The rapper and his wife, Tameka "Tiny" Cottle, were arrested on drug charges exactly one year ago. The two were detained after a traffic stop in Los Angeles. Authorities said four ecstasy pills were found in their vehicle.

A federal judge ruled T.I. had violated the terms of his probation, stemming from a previous gun charge, and sentenced him to prison for 11 months, which marked his second stint behind bars. Drug charges against the pair were dropped. His wife completed a drug diversion program and no further legal action was taken against her.

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