Jackson had to leave NC prison, sleep in hotel

MICHAEL TARM
FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2913 file photo, former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., leaves federal court in Washington after being sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for misusing $750,000 in campaign funds. A Bureau of Prisons spokesperson said Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, that Jackson has reported to a federal prison in North Carolina to serve his term. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

CHICAGO (AP) — 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."