November 05, 2013 05:30 PM by Suzy Kerr
Former Teen Mom star Amber Portwood may be a free woman now, but she’s not out of the woods yet. According to an official with the Indiana Department of Corrections, Portwood is on parole “for an unspecified period of time” and she will also be required to take random drug tests to ensure she’s not returning to her old ways of hard-partying and baby daddy-abusing (okay, that doesn’t really apply here, but I’m just sayin’).
Yesterday we reported that the Teen Mom alum and mother to 4-year old Leah was released after serving less than two years of her five-year sentence for drug crimes. While the internet was in an uproar over the absurdity of Portwood’s stupidly early release, the same prison official says that the repeat offender and self-proclaimed “bad girl” was not, in fact, released early.
Before you explode your brain trying to figure that one out, allow me to explain. You see, inmates can do things, like take computer classes and not incite prison riots, to earn credit that will apply to a reduced sentence. Portwood’s case is explained by the corrections spokesperson as this: “She earned a combination of earned credit time for good behavior and completion of programming, which resulted in her period of incarceration being reduced.” He also explained more about the credit system, saying, “The vast majority of offenders in our system earn credit time which reduces their period of incarceration. The courts envision offenders earning this type of credit time, and thus the release is really when it was expected, as opposed to being ‘early.’”
Interesting. Even more interesting, however, will be to see if Amber Portwood is capable of continuing her good behavior on the outside. She does have one believer, though – her brother, Shawn Portwood, who swears she is a new woman. On Oct. 30th, he tweeted, “Can’t wait until she gets out and proves she is a changed woman.”
Time will tell, Shawn…time will tell.
So what do you think about Amber’s release from prison? Has she really changed her ways, or will one of her random drug tests prove that she’s the same ol’ Amber? Sound off in the comments!
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