Teen Mom's Amber Portwood Sentenced to Five Years

on Wednesday, 06 June 2012. Posted in Celebrities, Breaking News

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Teen Mom reality star, Amber Portwood, is sentenced to prison for up to five years, after giving up on a drug rehab program, TMZ reports. According to Reuters.com, Amber was sentenced in February to three years in Indiana prison for possession of prescription drugs without a prescription, as well as another two for probation violation. She took a plea deal, allowing her to avoid by pursuing treatment.

After three months in treatment, Amber "called it quits and decided to opt for prison," according to E!News. Two weeks ago, media outlets reported that she thought prison was the only way to get clean. Yesterday, the judge reinstated her five year sentence. TMZ said, "The judge said he would refer Amber to the Indiana Department of Corrections therapeutic community program-an incarceration-based treatment program."

Prison-based drug treatment programs often focus on treating the addiction, as well as addressing "criminal thinking." There are at least four such facilities in Indiana. Indiana Department of Corrections website said, "Preparing offenders for successful and sober re-entry into the community is the primary goal."

Amber was sentenced to five years, but could get credit for "good time." Indiana prison policy lets "good time" credits reduce a prisoner's sentence up to four years, or one third of their sentence. It is still unclear when her sentence will begin. Amber's daughter, Leah, is living with her father, Gary Shirley.

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Image courtesy of TMZ.

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