Teen Mom star Amber Portwood has been released from Indiana’s Rockville Correctional Facility, where she’s been for more than a year; while she's no longer behind bars, she's still under the watchful eye of the law.
In Touch spoke with Douglas Garrison, the Chief Communications Officer for the Indiana Dept. of Corrections, who explained that although Amber will no longer be behind bars, she’ll still be on parole and subject to random drug testing.
“Amber will have to report to a parole officer,” Garrison told In Touch. “The parole officer will make sure she finds employment, that she is living in an appropriate situation and that she is staying clean. Amber will have to check in a couple of times a month with her parole officer. If she violates anything, she could go back to jail.”
Garrison also explained that one way that her parole officer will be able to ensure that Amber is maintaining the 30 or so stipulations of her parole is by presenting Amber with random drug tests.
“Amber will be subject to random drug tests, and she is not allowed to live with felons,” Garrison explained; he added that these are the most important conditions of her parole.
After failing to complete a court-mandated rehab, Amber was sentenced in June 2012 to five years for drug possession charges and parole violations.
In an MTV special called Amber Behind Bars, which premiered in October 2012, Amber opened up to Dr. Drew about hoping to come out of her sentence a changed person.
“I’ll come out of this a better person and a better mom,” she told Dr. Drew last year. “I was never ready [for parenthood], I’m ready now. I’ve had so many other chances I’ve screwed up. This is my last chance—you can’t go any lower than prison.”