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Teen Mom star Amber Portwood has been released from an Indiana prison after almost a year and a half. She was originally sentenced to five years.

In mid-2012, the troubled reality TV personality famously begged a judge to put her behind bars, rather than sentence her to probation and drug court.

The judge obliged, and sentenced her to prison for violating probation in her drug possession case. Amber Portwood claimed it would be better for her.

Now, the 24-year-old MTV star has paid her debt to society. She walked out a free woman this morning after just 17 months, due to good behavior.

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Is Amber Portwood a changed and mature woman? That's what the Teen Mom star's brother claims as she nears her early release from prison.

Amber Portwood in Jail

Amber, 23, is slated for release from Indiana’s Rockville Correctional Facility on November 6, having served about 20 percent of her five-year sentence.

Brother Shawn says Amber Portwood, who famously battled addiction problems, completed drug rehab and got her G.E.D. while serving her time.

“She’s really grown and matured," Shawn said.

"She completed drug rehab, she got her G.E.D., she took parenting classes and became the administrator of the CLIFF program, which helps inmates get sober."

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Teen Mom star Amber Portwood's prison stay is set to come to an end in November after just one year of a five-year sentence, a new report indicates.

The 23-year-old mother of one has been working hard for early release - albeit after opting for jail over drug court and probation - and it looks promising.

“I’m so excited and I’m really working hard studying so I can score high on the GED test,” Portwood said. “I’m working my ass off to get out of here!”

Amber Portwood’s brother, Shawn, confirmed the release with the Indiana Department of Corrections and tweeted about the good news this week.

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Prison life is hard to adjust to.

Not only are one's kids not around when you're behind bars, but as Teen Mom's Amber Portwood laments, ain't no Starbucks up in that piece. Brutal stuff.

Amber Portwood in Jail

Four months into her five-year prison sentence, Portwood is opening up about her decision to opt out of a court-ordered rehab stint and take the years instead.

Speaking to Dr. Drew Pinsky (of course), she says:

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Teen Mom Amber Portwood’s daughter has no idea her mother is serving time in an Indiana jail, because baby daddy Gary Shirley won't tell her, he confesses.

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Portwood has been at Rockville Correctional Facility after she chose to give up a court-ordered drug rehabilitation program and was given a five-year sentence.

“I haven’t been able to say that ‘Mommy’s in jail,’” Shirley said.  “When I tried to tell her, ‘Mommy’s in trouble,’ she got upset. So, I’ve said, ‘Mommy’s at work,’ or 'on vacation.’”

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SO, what are Maci Bookout, Amber Portwood, Catelynn Lowell and Farrah Abraham up to lately? MTV answered that on a very special reunion show last night.

It's only been like two months, but you gotta fill airtime somehow.

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Farrah Abraham

  • She is "happier" now but still clashes with her mom on how to parent Sophia.
  • Farrah went to visit Derek's grave for the 995th time, and did not cry. Phew.

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Amber Portwood is battling hard to stay sober.

Hard as it is for the former Teen Mom star, she's making progress in prison. Four months after choosing to serve a five-year jail term instead of completing a drug program, the 22-year-old admits she's not normal but is turning a corner.

Slowly. Painfully.

Dangerous Amber

“Right now I’m trying to figure out what I’m doing with my life,” Amber Portwood wrote in a statement read on the Teen Mom reunion show. “I guess I got lost.”

“I went to jail because I had an addiction to opiates. You live and you learn and that’s real ... I have to grow up quicker and start acting like a mother.”

“My No. 1 priority right now in life is dedicating my life to being sober. And to show my daughter that people make mistakes but you can always come back."

In her case, she will come back in May 2017 (or perhaps sooner based on good behavior behind bars), thanks to her 2011 felony drug possession conviction.

Here's hoping whenever she gets out, she's clean. For good.

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Troubled Teen Mom cast member Amber Portwood stated the obvious in a statement from jail in which she said she is not normal - and needs to grow up.

Two weeks after the Teen Mom finale, she issued remarks from prison to coincide with the eunion special that aired Tuesday night on MTV with Dr. Drew.

In it, she talked about how she "got lost" in drugs and alcohol.

Amber Portwood, now serving a five-year sentence, writes:

Amber Portwood in Jail

"Right now I'm trying to figure out what I'm doing with my life. I guess I just got lost. I went to jail because I had an addiction to opiates."

"You live and you learn and that's what's real. "It was time for me to stop partying and realize that even though I'm 21, I'm not a normal 21-year-old."

"I'm a mother. I have to grow up quicker and start acting like a mother."

No arguments here, even though Portwood's voluntarily decision to serve out a five-year term in jail rather than comply with a court-ordered drug program is dubious.

After violating her probation stemming from a December 2011 arrest for drug possession, Amber's behind bars for a LONG time, but says it's for the best.

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For Amber Portwood, Maci Bookout, Catelynn Lowell and Farrah Abraham, this chapter of their cartoonishly animated book of MTV life is over.

The final episode of Teen Mom aired Tuesday night, marking the end of an era (error?) for the fab four who started it all on 16 & Pregnant.

Where did they leave things as the curtain bowed?

Let's find out in our final Teen Mom +/- recap!

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Farrah Abraham finished her first quarter of school! With straight A's! Plus 20.

She really missed Sophia, though, and made it clear she doesn't want to send her away like that anymore. She cried about this a lot, as Sophia makes her very emotional.

The little girl even noticed, calling her a "cry baby." Plus 10.

"Mommy you're a bad person." - Sophia. Plus 50.

Have you seen Farrah's "On My Own" music video? That's funnier and more revealing than anything a filler episode can really offer. Plus 50.

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Maci Bookout apparently needs a reality check.

Having agreed to have their own celebrations for son Bentley's birthday, and with him in a serious relationship with someone else, she must be totally over her baby daddy Ryan Edwards this time right? Mostly? Maybe? A little?

Let's find out in this week's recap!

Maci and Ryan

Mace decides to celebrate Bentley's b-day at Pump It Up ... and promptly urges the toddler to call Ryan and invite him to the shindig. Oye. Minus 10.

Bentley left a voicemail. When Ryan returned the call, Maci handed Bentley the phone and had him ask again. Girl reeks of desperation at this point.

Ryan couldn't go, and while he's far from Dad of the Year, we give him a pass here ... remember Maci Bookout crashing his family vacay? Plus 20.

Upon picking up Bentley, Ryan received an earful from Maci while his GF Dalis seethed beside him. Think Maci will learn from this? No? Minus 15.

Having been dumped last week, Farrah Abraham and her mom wash their hands of Daniel. "That's a bad sign," Debra says. No kidding. Plus 5.

SIDE NOTE: You have to watch Farrah Abraham's "On My Own" music video. It defies description. Don't quit your day job Farrah ... whatever it is.

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Amber Portwood Biography

Amber and Leah (Teen Mom) Amber Portwood is a star on MTV's Teen Mom. She is the mother of Leah Leann Shirley, whose father is Gary Shirley, Amber's on-off fiance... More »
Anderson, Indiana
Full Name
Amber Portwood
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