Amber Portwood working hard to get out of prison, aiming for October release


In a recent interview, Teen Mom vet Amber Portwood discussed the steady progress she’s been making behind bars and how she’s “working her a** off” to get out of prison.

Her daughter Leah’s father Gary Shirley has primary custody and Amber’s mom has taken Leah to see Amber on a number of occasions. She says that it’s these moments that motivate her to hunker down, do what’s right and earn an early release.

“I did my TABE testing for my GED placement and I did really well. I scored in the advance book so I was very excited. So now I’m in GED classes on weekdays,” Amber told Radar. She added, “I got my scores back and I had college level scores in English. And I got a perfect 12.9 in social studies and science. I have 11 months of GED every Saturday here in CLIFF (Clean Lifestyle IS Freedom Forever) really paid off.”

Amber stated that she will get to test for her GED in August which could equate to a release as early as October. She said:

“I’m so excited and I’m really working hard studying so I can score high on the GED test. I’m working my a** off to get out of here!”

A week before the interview with Radar Leah visited Amber. “Booboo sat on my lap the whole time we were playing games had a few snacks. She’s so beautiful. She has long blonde hair down to her butt now and she’s getting tall. I can’t wait to get out and spend time with her,” Amber revealed.

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  • Kaycee

    Good for her for getting the help she needed. I wish her all the best.

  • NotaTeenMom

    I’m actually very impressed with Amber. I did not find her likable on the show, but to make such a bold move as to put herself in jail for her sobriety is impressive. I am proud of her for attempting to make a better life for herself and her daughter. I hope she succeeds outside of jail. Good luck, Amber! Stay on the straight and narrow.

  • Sara

    I was never an Amber fan, but I’m impressed with what she’s doing for herself and Leah. Wishing her all the best.

  • Jenna

    I’m so happy that Amber is doing so well. I wish nothing but the best for her.

  • Lean

    What has prison done to her eyebrows!?!

    • Dana

      She has always had over-plucked ghetto eyebrows that she pencils back in.

    • Cheermom_1975

      I would assume in prison her focus has not been on her eyebrows but instead preparing for her GED, working openly with counselors, & lastly learning how to cope with everyday stresses to avoid a relapse.

      • Lean

        Oh please. She’s obviously not in prison in the above photo. I’m simply making a joke that her eyebrows look ridiculous drawn on. I’m not insulting her character or hard work in prison whatsoever.

    • Googly Eyes

      A prison tattoo perhaps?!?!?

    • Googly Eyes

      Those bad boys look permanent!!!

  • Dana

    Hopefully they got her on the right meds.

  • squirrel

    isn’t this the exact article word for word from Radaronline

  • I am so proud of her. Going to jail wasn’t the ideal situation, but it seems to have saved her life. My hope for her is that she will be able to carry the improvements that she’s made to the outside, that she won’t get sidetracked by anyone or anything, and that she’ll continue to be a good mother to Leah.

  • Joei

    You go Amber!!! Also- the only Teen Mom personality to go from least likable to most rooted for,

  • LexiconD1

    After reading these comments I’m baffled.

    Taking the GED isn’t like trying to pass your medical boards, any idiot ought to be able to pass it. This girl has been trying to pass it for years now. It’s the least she should be doing to get out of jail.

    So I’m not impressed at all.

    • Lisa

      For a former drug addict criminal who couldn’t manage to pass any part of it before, it is an accomplishment. It’s only the first step in her journey to higher education, but this is more than she’s accomplished on her own before and she deserves recognition for it.

      • LexiconD1

        Oh please,she hasn’t done anything to warrant recognition for.
        Taking YEARS to obtaining a GED isn’t much to celebrate ( a test anyone in middle school could pass), and she STILL doesn’t have it. If she keeps up this pace, she might have her AA degree 10 years after she dies. Oh and least you forget, she is STILL in jail.

        I’ll wait to see what she does once she’s out. If she follows trend, nothing much will change…except she’ll be broke because MTV and the MTV paychecks are long gone.

        • anjealka

          I agree with the GED part. She has been trying for 5-6 years. I have seen 65 year old grandmothers who dropped out of school before high school, young people in jail with learning disabilities, and 30 year old men with families prep and pass within 6 months or less. I worry for Amber because what will she do if she gets out with a GED? She needs at least a skilled trade (hairdresser, CNA), something that will give her a wage to afford a small apartment, car, and food. I worry she will make quick money off of interviews when she gets out and blow it. Or worse try and get back with Gary(guilt him about Leah) and start a vicious cycle up again.

          • LexiconD1

            If she ever does get her GED, get let of of jail, and does make some money from those interviews which she uses to go to school and becomes something…Then, and only then, will I applaud her.

            Until then, this whole article is nothing more than hyperbole on the authors part.

  • Clare

    I am glad she is continuing to better herself.

  • ohmygeez

    I dread her getting out and being back around Gary. Those 2 are toxic together.

  • SimplyMimi

    And now it’s Gary’s turn to go to counseling. He needs it seeing as he is constantly provoking Amber. Even in prison he’s been provoking her by not letting her see Leah.

    • Dani

      Eh, prison isn’t exactly an appropriate place for children.

    • me

      Leave him alone. Only stable person Leah has in her life. Her mother is a poor excuse for a mother. Strange how we bash men with bad behavior but applaud her. Give me a break.