Tuesday, May 26, 2009

T.I. Heads to Jail Today (By Noon)

via. HipHopUpdate.

FORREST CITY, Ark. — Police guarded the rural road leading to Forrest City’s federal prison complex Tuesday, awaiting the arrival of T.I. The Atlanta rapper was to begin serving time on a weapons conviction.

Five officers from nearby Forrest City set up a roadblock along Arkansas 1, about a 1/10th mile away from the federal prison. Prisoners in white jumpsuits could be seen jogging inside the fencing of the gray prison complex early Tuesday morning.

Police refused to allow reporters any closer to the prison. Police Chief Dwight Duch did not immediately return a call for comment Tuesday morning.

T.I., whose real name is Clifford J. Harris Jr., had a noon deadline to report to the minimum-security prison on the complex to begin serving his year and a day sentence. It was unclear whether he’d arrive from the airport in nearby Memphis, Tenn., or if he’d fly directly to the rural airport in the eastern Arkansas town, surrounded by the flat rice fields and poverty of the Delta.

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