One of the stars of MTV’s Teen Mom, Amber Portwood, is escaping jail time after being accepted into a drug court program on Thursday.
Portwood will undergo rehabilitation at the Sister2Sister ministries halfway house, as part of a court ordered drug rehabilitation after she violated her probation earlier this month, according to the Herald Bulletin. If Portwood fails to complete the program, she faces five years in jail.
While she had originally been expected to be released from custody upon acceptance into the drug program, Sister2Sister indicated that they would not be able to evaluate Portman until after the weekend, and she will remain in jail for at least four more days.
Portman was also disappointed with the decision that she be remanded to a halfway house, reportedly telling Judge David Happe that she believed she was to enter drug rehabilitation while staying at her grandparents’ house.
Happe replied that having Portwood under supervision was for her own good, saying, “The last thing we want to do is release you and have you commit another offense.”
The judge indicated that Portwood would be able to have some freedom leaving Sister2Sister, as long as facility staff are kept aware of her whereabouts, and that she returns each night by 10 p.m.
Portwood served extra jail time as part of the cost of fame — her original hearing was scheduled for a week earlier, but it was pushed back while the court hashed things out with MTV, where Portwood is still under contract. Happe instructed the network that filming of Teen Mom was in no way to interfere with Portwood’s rehab, and that she could not be found in violation of her contract while in the drug program.
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