"Teen Mom" star Amber Portwood, 23, was released from prison yesterday, where she has been for a little less than a year and a half. Dressed in matching gray sweatpants and a sweatshirt, the troubled star was all smiles yesterday as she walked out of Indiana's Rockville Correctional Facility, free for the first time since May 24, 2012. Although she was originally sentenced to five years in prison for violating her very strict probation last summer, she has been released early, on parole, for good behavior.
"Portwood is indeed on parole for an unspecified period of time," said Douglas S. Garrison, the chief communications officer of the Indiana Department of Corrections. "She will be subject to random drug screening."
It all started when she was arrested in November 2010 on three counts of domestic violence charges, two of which were felonies, stemming from the notorious scene on the September 28, 2010 episode of "Teen Mom," which shows the volatile star hitting her then-boyfriend, Gary Shirley. It is noted that Gary was not there to greet her when she was released yesterday.
Amber plead guilty to one count of felony domestic violence and was sentenced to probation, which, among other things, required her to stay drug-free, get her GED and set up a college fund for her daughter, Leah, who she had when she was 17.
In December 2011, Amber was arrested for violating her probation after she was found with pills that she did not have a prescription for, along with failing to meet the other above probation requirements.
In February 2012, after she had spent two months in jail, a judge sentenced her to five years in prison, but she was offered a plea deal to avoid going to prison, which required completing a very strict drug program under very restrictive conditions, including house-arrest and daily drug testing.
Amber initially agreed to the plea deal, but struggled to remain clean and on May 24, 2012, Amber appeared to throw in the towel. Despite protests from her lawyer, Amber told the judge she had been a "bad girl" and had not remained drug free. She was immediately sent back to jail in handcuffs.
On June 5, 2012, she was sentenced to five years in prison, where she remained until yesterday, when she saw the light of day for the first time since May 24, 2012.
Has Amber learned her lesson? Only time will tell.