'Teen Mom' Amber Portwood Gets Prison Time
Well, this surprises no one.
Amber Portwood, of MTV’s ‘Teen Mom,’ has been checked into the Rockville Correctional Facility in Indiana.
The “star” of the show about teenagers unprepared for motherhood but fully stocked with attitude apparently reneged on a plea deal, wherein she could have completed a drug rehab program and avoided jail time.
Rather than go that more forgiving and logical route, Portwood decided to take five years of hard time. She told TMZ:
“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, and make the best out of the situation that’s been handed to me… I’m going to take some classes, I’m going to get my GED, take as many programs as I can.”
The mother of Leah apparently feels that spending time away from her child (who, thankfully, she does not have custody of) is a better decision than going through a program designed to help shape her into a more appropriate piece of society.
And as for the situation that’s “been handed to her,” let’s remind ourselves that Portwood has been in hot water with drug and domestic assault charges for about as long as we can remember. Poor girl!
Luckily, Portwood will be going through a prison-based drug program, which will focus on treating her addiction and “addressing criminal thinking.”
“Preparing offenders for successful and sober re-entry into the community is the primary goal,” says the Indiana Department of Corrections.
Additionally Portwood can get credit for “good time,” essentially a good behavior credit that will shorten her jail time.
Let’s hope that Portwood can get the help that she needs behind bars, get that GED, and step up as an adult and mother, because MTV isn’t going to be following her around with cameras long enough to pay for Leah’s future intensive therapy.