Amber Portwood's Incredibly Early Release From Prison Is a Good Sign

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amber portwoodBatten 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?

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Amy Adams

I'm happy. Regardless what anyone says about her she was always a good mom. People wanna stick upo for Jenelle who hops in a differnt man's bed every few month. Has so many mug shots and and is to busy playing house with whatever drunk druggie to include Jace.I hope Amber gets her life together stays away from dating gary and gets Leah back.

nonmember avatar Kristy

Im happy for her, i hope she can keep up the hard work she put in prison. Good luck amber

fritfrat fritfrat

I agree. Amber isn't that bad anymore. Aparently their is worse people out there. I hope amber really did learn her lesson and will stay out of trouble. If not then she is proving that she don't care much about leah. How can she if she keeps putting herself in jail? I'm ready to see her make the right choices

nonmember avatar nellbell

i hope she stays on the straight and narrow for her daughter and good on her for sorting her stuff out at least she isnt with heaps of guys abd on drugs like janelle and she isnt dirty whore like farrah. well done amber make your daughter proud

nonmember avatar Rachaell

I think this is great and i hope for her and mostly for leahs sake that she has changed and can stay straight i always liked amber and knew she had potential she was just masking it with the drugs

Jai Hutto

I am so happy for her! I love Amber always have...she reminds me so much of me when I was that age and before I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I hope that she can stay clean and work toward being able to regain custody of Leah. I wish her nothing but the best!

Laura Van Melle

If she's getting out this early, it means prison has been effective for her and she is ready to come home. I'm very glad to see she's getting out sooner than later. Five years seems a little much for her.

Karla Young

no based solely on her decision not to go to rehab..she has set her self up for failure..FAILURE


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