Judge Orders Ryan Edwards to Follow Strict Rules After ‘Teen Mom’ Dad is Released From Jail Early: Hair Follicle Drug Tests, Counseling & More

Ryan on being held accountable for his own actions.

It’s back to walking the straight and narrow–- or at least trying to–- for Ryan Edwards. 

The Sun reported that the Teen Mom dad was ordered Tuesday at his court hearing to follow a series of strict rules following his December 23 release from jail. 

As The Ashley told you last week, Judge Gary Starnes ordered on December 23 that Ryan be released “as soon as possible” from the Tennessee jail he’d be incarcerated in since his December 8 court date, despite the judge previously ruling that Ryan was to spend the holiday season in the slammer (at least through January 17) after repetitively getting into trouble and not completing court-ordered requirements.

According to The Sun, Ryan’s probation on time served was revoked during a court hearing on Tuesday and his suspended sentence was reinstated, with the judge ordering the father of three to follow strict court conditions going forward. 

“Y’all be lenient on my boy…it’s all he knows!”

Per these conditions, Ryan is required to take monthly Vivitrol shots, which he has previously failed to keep up with at times since he began receiving the injections in July. (Vivitrol is a prescription injectable medicine designed to help curb alcohol and/or opioid dependence.) 

Ryan must also complete the “HCP Level 2” (home care package) for balance and random hair follicle tests, as well as file a comprehensive treatment plan within 45 days, attend counseling sessions and and follow all recommended treatment requirements set forth in his post-treatment plan. 

“Dang, ain’t my word good enough?”

During Ryan’s December 8 court hearing, District Attorney Coty Wamp suspected that Ryan was “not doing [Council for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services] CADAS outpatient” as he had been ordered to do, which was noted to Judge Starnes prior to Ryan being handcuffed and taken out of the courtroom. 

Ryan’s next court hearing is set for April 23, 2024. 

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(Photos: MTV) 


  1. This is what privilege looks like folks.. I wonder if the same treatment would be given to a poor family without any influence. Probably not. The corruption is despicable. Does he even have a job or contribute positively to Society in anyway? It does he just act like a spoiled entitled brat and cause havoc in his community and get bad inappropriate tattoos? Shame on the Justice system down there.

  2. I suspect even if the Judge wasn’t friends with Ryan’s family, he still would be getting lenient treatment. I think many commenters here do not quite understand the current U.S. criminal justice system. This country no longer “punishes” criminals. Illinois has no cash bond system anymore. You are only held for the most serious crimes like murder, rape, ect……Everyone else goes home with a promise to return to court. This is what the majority of Americans want or think they want.

    1. Yes, it’s what we want before trial. But this guy has been convicted many times.

      And by the way, cash bail is working just fine in Illinois

      1. No cash bail is working just fine, I mean. Your ability to pay shouldn’t dictate whether you stay in jail or not.

  3. This judge is a fool. Rhine has been playing in the courts face for YEARS, and they’re still like Rhine, we believe in you…we know you can do better. He’s not going to get better, he doesn’t WANT to do better…he’s going to get worse.

  4. Next court date is APRIL??? So Ryan gets to skip around town doing the same thing he has been doing, getting high, getting into fights, problems, driving his motorcycle 200mph.

    Wow, he has to submit to drug tests and submit a treatment plan 🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄 sorry but that’s a 1st offense type of punishment. Ryan has proven time and time again that he will not change and that he is a danger to himself and everyone around him. He needs to be in jail for safety reasons, plain and simple.

  5. The “the judge is a friend” thing was a problem, but I no longer believe it’s *the* problem.

    It doesn’t explain his sudden, appropriate response of insisting Ryan remain locked up until his next hearing and then his even more sudden, absurd-but-back-to-form reinforcement that he doesn’t mean what he says and, “Let’s get this sweet widdle boy out for Christmas, as quickly as possible.”

    The only things I can think of to explain it? *Allegedly* if the family had proof of career-ending secrets of the judge, or **allegedly** if they donated enough money to his campaign. There may be others, but “buddy” doesn’t do it for me.

    If he were just their friend, he’d use his experience with habitual offenders like Ryan to let them know that he’d rather save their son’s and/or community members’ lives than act against his oath, just to make them happy and save their friendship, while putting their town in danger.

    Only if there is already *allegedly* corruption at play does it make sense to me for a judge to make decisions that put his own reputation at risk as he has herd.

    I wanna know what’s going on in that town. I’m probably on the extreme end of “lock ’em up.” If there are options for someone to get help and become independent in the community, especially when drugs (or mental illness that led to drug abuse) are a cause, I’d rather see that. Ryan has shown those options are currently insufficient for him. He *needs* to be in prison for an extended period of time.

    What the hell is going on to make a judge not take it seriously when most people would be devastatingly overcharged, but to state publicly that Ruan had used up his chances and then make himself look a fool by racing to undue his own, fair consequences?

    I can’t wait for the Hulu “documentary” on this: there will be a nice spot next to the Girardis one, the Jen Shah one, and the Randall one, for “The ‘Teen Mom’ Dad, The Grandparents, and The Judge: _____ in a Small Town.” And I just hope the ___ is only something like “Misconduct,” and we don’t get to “Deaths,” because they seem to doing everything they can to make that the resolution.

    1. I agree with you that this is way more than Jen turning-on the tears. It’s definitely bigger than that! Is someone close to Ryan terminally ill? I wonder how connected Ryan and his druggie girlfriend are to the kind of people you don’t wanna meet down a dark alley? Ryan’s motorcycle club mates? Did someone make the judge an offer he couldn’t refuse????? SOMETHING has definitely happened that we’re not being told.

  6. What did Ryan’s parents do, take out the judge for dinner and cry in front of him, offer to give him a lifetime supply of coca-cola products?

    This is so pathetic. Rhine’s mommy had to make a doctor’s appointment for him for the last hearing and he couldn’t even remember the date, and they think this man can follow through with anything?

  7. Because now the Judge thinks Ryan will do what he orders even though Ryan hasn’t numerous times? GTFOH!! It’s becoming a joke at this point. Well we know what Judge was on the Edwards’ special Christmas list, don’t we?

  8. None of these things will prevent him from plowing his truck into an innocent person tonight. Or tomorrow night, etc. etc.

  9. This judge is a joke, he’s ruining his own reputation. This will be how he will be forever remembered. I hope his friendship with Ryan’s parents is worth his reputation. The world is watching, and judging you, judge.

  10. Never punished. I wish I had rich parents, and a judge in my pocket for when I decide to beat my spouse and crash my car while high.

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