On February 6th a judge approved a plea deal by Teen Mom star Amber Portwood allowing her to enter a drug rehab program in lieu of serving a five year sentence for felony drug possession and a probation violation, but the deal was pending acceptance into the drug program. Today Amber was back in court and was officially accepted into Sister 2 Sister Ministries, a live-in halfway house for women exiting jail.
Amber’s excitement was tempered when Circuit Court 4 Judge David Happe revealed that Sister 2 Sister Ministries wouldn’t be unable to evaluate Amber until next week, meaning she will remain in custody until then.
According to The Herald Bulletin, Amber Portwood “told Happe that her understanding was that she could enter the program while living with her grandparents.”
“I understand you’ve been in jail for awhile, and you’re frustrated,” Happe said. “But the last thing we want to do is release you and have you commit another offense.”
Amber’s attorney asked how long she would be required to stay in residence at the facility, to which the judge replied that it all was dependent on how well Amber did while there. He then said Amber would be allowed to leave the facility as long as her whereabouts were known and she was back by the 10pm curfew.
From The Herald Bulletin:
Under the drug court program, Portwood was told she would undergo daily screenings, fulfill treatment obligations, and attend drug court each week. If Portwood fails the program, she will serve five years at the Department of Correction. Happe reminded her that the sentence was non-negotiable.
MTV reportedly made an agreement with the court clarifying that her contractual obligations would not interfere with her completion of the drug program.
The good news in court comes on the same day that it was revealed Amber may have been evicted from her house after it was discovered she allegedly received subsidies from the government she was not eligible for due to her income from being on the show.