Batten down the hatches! Amber Portwood is set to get out of jail any day now -- almost four years before her original release date. The Teen Mom's brother, Shawn Portwood, tweeted on Tuesday: "Congratulations sis. I am so happy that you are finally being released. You did everything you needed to do to get out long before 5 years." He then clarified the cryptic tweet by writing: "I received an email and text last night by the IDOC [Indiana Department of Correction] about her release but wanted to keep it secret bc that is what Amber wanted."
Okay. Well, regardless of the fact that Shawn didn't keep Amber's prison release a secret, can we all take a moment to say: Holy crap! Amber's being released from prison!
Amber began her five-year prison sentence in June of 2012 after she opted to go to jail over a court-ordered drug rehabilitation program. Picking jail over rehab clearly seems like an odd decision to most, but Amber has said that, at that point in her life, rehab was just not right for her. She told ABC News: "In my situation, I felt in the program there were a lot of eyes on me, and it was very uncomfortable. I was not using my anti-psych medication, even. I was very depressed, all alone, all bitter at everyone. I felt like that wasn't the life I wanted to live, I felt like I'd rather do my time and get it over with."
Think what you want of Amber and her many (many) run-ins with the law, but you have to give the girl credit for just biting the bullet and doing her time. Amber clearly has her issues, but it was a mature decision on her behalf to know that, at the end of the day, jail was going to wind up straightening her out more than rehab ever could. She couldn't do it on her own, and she knew it.
And, for now at least, it looks like prison is paying off. It's been reported that while she's been locked up she got her GED, and, well, she's getting released only a year a three months after she was locked up. She had to have done something right.
Now. Let's just hope this good behavior sticks. If prison doesn't work, and she's not willing to go to rehab, there really aren't many other options left.
Do you think Amber will stay on the straight and narrow?