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Jackson had to leave N.C. prison, sleep in hotel

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By Associated Press

An attorney for former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. says an administrative problem forced the Illinois Democrat to leave a federal prison where he was trying to begin his sentence early for illegally spending campaign money.

C.K. Hoffler told reporters in Atlanta Tuesday that she was contacted by Bureau of Prisons personnel and asked to pick Jackson up about two hours after dropping him off at a North Carolina prison. The former congressman then spent Monday night at a hotel and reported to prison again Tuesday morning.

Hoffler described the administrative problem as a "snafu" involving his reporting date. But she insists prison authorities were contacted ahead of time to coordinate Jackson's arrival.

She said Jackson wanted to report early to begin "paying his debt."

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