The future only looks bright for America's hottest prisoner after a life-changing 2016.

Less than a year after he was released from prison in March 2016, Jeremy Meeks happily showed off his new life as he posed with his family by the Christmas tree.

The model then celebrated his eight-year anniversary with his wife before ringing in the New Year, Daily Mail reports.

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"Through thick and thin," he wrote in the caption of the picture of the two of them, happily posing at a vineyard as she clutched a bottle of wine.

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Meeks first shot to fame in 2014 when his mugshot was posted on the Stockton Police Department's Facebook page.

Three years has done little to dim his success, and Meeks has been happily showing off the rewards of his career on his Instagram page.

In one photo the 32-year-old Meeks poses with his US$125,000 Maserati car in front of a beautiful mansion.

"Good to be home," the caption reads.

Another shot shows the model posing shirtless in front of his mansion, which is complete with a water fountain in the front yard and a perfectly groomed lawn.

"God is good," he wrote alongside the photo, as his fans congratulated him for his recent success.

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"They need to do a Lifetime movie about your life," one of them commented.

Meeks was handed a 27-month jail term in 2015 after being charged with illegally possessing firearms and ammo, carrying a loaded firearm in public and criminal street gang activity.

From the small town of Stockton in northern California prior to his arrest, Meeks was brought up in a poor household and began his life of crime after becoming involved with the Northern Crips - a branch of the notorious Los Angeles gang.

Jeremy Meeks happily posed with his wife and family by the Christmas tree to celebrate his first holiday home after returning from prison. Photos / jmeeksofficial Instagram
Jeremy Meeks happily posed with his wife and family by the Christmas tree to celebrate his first holiday home after returning from prison. Photos / jmeeksofficial Instagram

He married a local nurse named Melissa, who had two children, at 24 and went on to have a son, now seven, with his wife.

When he was arrested in June 2014 as part of a crackdown on gangs by the Stockton police department, he was charged with five weapons offenses and two counts relating to gang membership.

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But two years away did little to dim Meeks' mugshot fame.

Meeks signed with talent agency White Cross Management last year and his manager Jim Jordan said he has received offers from all over the world.

Speaking exclusively to Daily Mail Online last year, Jordan said that the "humble" Meeks is nothing like the hard man image conveyed by his life of crime and gang tattoos, and is instead a "soft-spoken family man" who has been left totally overwhelmed by all the attention.

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The proof of that is in Meeks' Instagram page, which is full of shots of him and his family.

Meeks recently posed a selfie with his son, who he affectionately calls his "mini-me", as they celebrated the boy's seventh birthday in the snow.

The two smiled happily for the camera, showing off their matching ice blue eyes.

Another cute photo shows Meeks and his family on the front porch of their home, decorated for Halloween, as his two sons wear matching costumes for the holiday.

Saying bye to summer

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