'Teen Mom' Star Released From Prison
By JACKIE WILLIS
November 05, 2013
Teen Mom Amber Portwood is a free woman ...sorta. After being sentenced to five years in prison in Jan. 2012, the MTV star was released on good behavior after just 16 months.
"Portwood is indeed on parole for an unspecified period of time," Douglas S. Garrison, chief communications officer of the Indiana Department of Correction, told Us Weekly upon Portwood's release on Monday, Nov. 4. "She will be subject to random drug screening."
Garrison explained to Us why she was let out before her five-year sentence was up, 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."
The 23-year-old former reality star hugged her mom and other loved ones outside Rockville Correctional Facility as she flashed a t-shirt under her gray sweatshirt that read: "Breaking Free From Addiction."
Portwood's brother Shawn tweeted upon seeing his sister's release:
Amber is out and looking better than she ever has because she is clean (of drugs) and healthy. Time to start a new chapter. #Iloveyousis— Shawn Portwood (@ShawnPortwood) November 4, 2013
Portwood has had her share of problems. In Nov. 2010, while she was still on Teen Mom, she was charged with domestic violence against her on-again, off-again boyfriend, and father of her four-year-old daughter Leah, Gary Shirley. Several months later and following a June 2011 suicide attempt, she went and completed a rehab stint at Seasons Recovery Center in Malibu, Calif.
In June 2012, she was given a five-year prison sentence at Indiana's Rockville Correctional Facility following an arrest in Dec. 2011 on drug-related charges.