Amber Portwood Released Early From Prison

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Amber Portwood joyfully reunites with her mom after being released from prison.

After spending 17 months in Indiana’s Rockville Correctional Facility for violating probation surrounding a case of drug possession, Amber Portwood of “Teen Mom” was released today, three-and-a-half years earlier than her 2017 scheduled exit. According to E! News, a prison spokesperson confirmed that Portwood earned “good time credit” for her participation in a substance abuse program and good behavior.

Amber was first sentenced to five years in the facility in June 2012 after pleading with a judge that jail time would be more helpful to her sobriety than a stint in rehab. In a post-release interview obtained by TMZ, Amber says she cannot wait to see her daughter, Leah, and adds that she’s on the upswing after taking anger management classes while incarcerated, which she eventually went on to teach. Though she explains she still has her sights set on college one day, her first order of business as a free woman is simply getting a good meal.

In the “Amber Behind Bars” special below, which aired on MTV last October, Amber said she was initially against the idea of entering a therapeutic community within jail, but that it ultimately helped her tremendously. Watch the show, and share your thoughts on Amber’s early release.

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