Josh Duggar’s Prison Release Date Extended by Nearly Two Months
Josh Duggar, the former reality TV star, will remain in prison for almost two additional months, according to recent reports. The Federal Bureau of Prisons confirms that Duggar’s release date, initially set for August 2032, has been moved to October 2, 2032.
The 35-year-old is serving 12 ½-year sentences at FCI Seagoville in Texas for child pornography charges.
Duggar was arrested in April 2021 and charged with downloading child sexual abuse material from the internet. He was sentenced to 151 months in prison in May 2022 after being found guilty on two counts of receiving and possessing child pornography. Court documents reveal that Duggar allegedly possessed material depicting the sexual abuse of children under 12 in May 2019.
At the time of his arrest, Duggar’s wife, Anna Duggar, was pregnant with their seventh child, Madyson, who was born in November 2021. Duggar’s seven children are not allowed unsupervised visits with their father. According to court documents, Duggar is only allowed four hours of visits per month, during which he can only exchange “handshakes, hugs, and kisses (in good taste)” with Anna at the beginning and end of the visits.
Duggar’s legal team is seeking to reverse his conviction, arguing that investigators violated his rights by seizing the phone he was using to call his lawyer during the search that found the images. In February 2023, they argued their case during a federal appeals court hearing. FCI Seagoville has been widely reported to have problems with violence, overcrowding, and high reports of COVID cases. CNN reported on the facility in August 2020, describing its response to the COVID outbreak as “chaotic.” Over the years, numerous reports of attacks within the prison have occurred. Duggar rose to fame on the reality show “19 Kids and Counting,” which aired on TLC from 2008 to 2015. He is the eldest of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s 19 children.