Teen Mom star Amber Portwood, 22, is back in Madison County Jail after she shocked her lawyers on Thursday when she asked the judge to return her to prison. The troubled reality star reportedly told the judge that the strict terms of her court-ordered drug rehabilitation program were too much for her, that she’d been a “bad girl” while on probation, that she’d used drugs since starting the program and that she’d rather be in prison that complete this drug program, which she “couldn’t stand.”
The judge promptly accepted her request, and threw her back behind bars at Madison County Jail, where she currently resides until her next hearing, which will take place in a next few weeks. An exact date is not yet scheduled.
“Amber finally had enough,” says her older brother, Shawn. “The system failed her, and that is all I can say. I really feel for my sister. She does not deserve to be there or anything that has happened to her. She is there because of who she is.”
Her on-again-off-again boyfriend, Gary Shirley, 25, who she was seen walking into court with before her weekly meeting, echoed similar sentiments on Twitter. “Trust me when I say she didn’t give up. She did what was gonna happen anyways. Drug Court was bullying her already… constantly.”
Portwood was booked in jail on two couts of contempt of court. She also reportedly tested positive for Soboxone, which is a drug used to treat opiate addiction. However, the drug is similar to other opiates such as heroin and morphine and said to be highly addictive.
Portwood’s legal drama started last December, when she was found with pills that were not prescribed to her. She then spent nearly two months in jail before she was sentenced to five years in prison, but a judge took pity on the young mother and offered to suspend her sentence if she completed the court’s strict drug rehabilitation program. It is unclear whether Amber will serve out the five year sentence.
What do you think? Is the court system being overly harsh on Amber? Does she deserve to spend five years in jail?
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