Amber Portwood Released From Prison EarlyBy: Tobias Roth - November 4, 2013
Amber Portwood, one of the stars of the MTV show Teen Mom, was serving a prison sentence, but was recently released much earlier than expected.
She was arrested in 2011 on drug charges, and in January of 2012, she was sentenced to five years in prison.
She was released today after only 16 months, after becoming a changed person behind bars. Of course, only time will tell if she really changed or not.
Her brother believes that she has been making positive changes, and was the one to first announce that she was being released early, via twitter.
Portwood is officially free, after being released from the Rockville Correctional Facility in Rockville, Indiana. Douglas S. Garrison, chief communications officer at the facility explained the reason for her early release by saying “She earned a combination of earned credit time for good behavior and completion of programming, which resulted in her period of incarceration being reduced.”
Before being arrested on drug charges, Amber Portwood shot to fame as a reality television star when she was the star of Teen Mom, and the show’s predecessor 16 And Pregnant. She came under fire when she was shown punching and kicking her baby’s father, Gary Shirley, in an episode of the show that aired in 2010. Following the incident, she was arrested for domestic battery and placed on probation. She violated her probation when she was found to have been in possession of a controlled substance.
Rather than going to drug court as she was ordered, the young TV personality surprisingly chose to go prison instead. The former star is now 23-years-old and after leaving prsion, she will attempt to turn her life around and see if she can be a better person.
Amber Portwood left the correctional facility this morning with a t shirt that conveniently said “Breaking Free From Addiction,” something that she has obviously put some work into during her time there. She was sent out one of the back exits in order to deter media, but still drew a crowd as she left.