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How's this for a name you haven't heard in awhile? Amber Portwood. AKA the Teen Mom who has been cooling her heels in prison for -- could it be -- more than a year now? Her early release is coming up next month, so it's time to ask the big question: is Amber really ready for the real world (and I don't mean that other MTV reality show)?
Or will Leah's mom land back in the clink faster than you can say drug habit? From the sounds of it, Amber might actually have straightened out ... although this release will be complicated, to say the least. Here's what we know so far:
1. Amber was sentenced -- last year -- to five years in prison, a sentence she chose rather than completing court-mandated rehab. But she did so well on the inside she was even TEACHING anger management classes at the Anderson Correctional Facility.
2. Amber is off Fentanyl, the drug she couldn't seem to kick, and she's completed the GED we saw her struggling to obtain on Teen Mom. This according to Amber's brother Shawn Portwood, who also says his famous sister is a different person. He told OK, "She’s really grown and matured."
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3. Her release is set for November 6 of this year. Considering she was put into state custody on June 15, 2012, Amber's managed to make it out in less than 17 months of a 5-year sentence!
4. Although ex-boyfriend Gary Shirley reportedly visited her in prison, and brought their little girl Leah, he's none too happy that Mama's getting out. As he complained on Twitter recently:
God I love not having diverse parenting issues. All will soon end, soon. Boo! Oh well I'm a good daddy!— Gary Shirley (@ItsGaryTime) October 3, 2013
Of course, Gary had to piss in her Corn Flakes and complicate this whole thing for her ... isn't that the way things go with these two? Obviously it will not be a fairy tale ending when the Teen Mom gets sprung from the clink, but let's hope Amber recognizes that Gary has been a good daddy to Leah while she's been away, and that Gary is reasonable with her. Leah deserves both parents in her life!
Do you think Amber should be released early? Is she ready?
Image via Indiana Department of Corrections