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Amber Portwood, 'Teen Mom' Star, Released From Prison on Parole

By Megan Anderle   |   Tuesday, 05 Nov 2013 11:00 AM

Amber Portwood, the “Teen Mom” star who was convicted on drug-related charges, has been released from prison on parole, serving just 17 months of a five-year sentence.

Portwood, the former MTV reality star who is mother to Leah, 4, was released Monday after being arrested in December 2011 for violating probation in her drug possession case. Prior to that, she had several run-ins with the law.

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"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. "She will be subject to random drug screening."

Garrison noted the Indiana Department of Correction does "not consider this an 'early release'" from prison, but Portwood’s participation in a substance abuse program reduced her incarceration.

"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 told Us. "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.'"

In late March of 2012, she opted to serve out her five-year jail term rather than comply with the terms of her court-ordered drug program, according to E! News.

Amber was placed back behind bars earlier that month for failing to appear in an Indiana court as part of the terms of her probation.

In November 2010, while still appearing on “Teen Mom,” Portwood was charged with domestic violence toward on-again, off-again boyfriend Gary Shirley. Seven months later, after a June 2011 suicide attempt, she completed a rehab stint at Seasons Recovery Center in Malibu, Calif.

Portwood, 24, was photographed outside of the facility wearing in gray sweatpants, a gray sweatshirt, and white sneakers. She donned a white T-shirt printed with the words "Breaking Free From Addiction," which showed off to friends and family who greeted her.

In September, her brother announced on Twitter his sister would be released from prison.

"Congratulations sis. I am so happy that you are finally being released," Shawn Portwood wrote on Sept. 24. "You did everything you needed to do to get out long before 5 years."

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