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'A model inmate': Inside Ethan Couch's jail lockup

"He's been pretty much a model inmate," says Chief Deputy Henry Reyes. "For somebody here for two years, the number of incidents he has, or hasn't, been involved with is actually pretty impressive."

FORT WORTH -- High up on the eleventh floor of the Tarrant County Corrections Center, hundreds of general population inmates sleep two to a cell.

They eat meals in a communal area, make phone calls, and have free access to television.

Guards say the most common commissary purchases are coffee and Ramen noodles.

In the 61D cell block, resides inmate Ethan Couch.

In the 61D cell block, resides inmate Ethan Couch

"He's been pretty much a model inmate," says Chief Deputy Henry Reyes. "For somebody here for two years, the number of incidents he has, or [rather] hasn't, been involved with is pretty impressive."

Now 20, Couch was once deemed the "affluenza" teen, a reference to a defense witness saying during his infamous trial that Couch was incapable of fully realizing right from wrong because of a spoiled and affluent upbringing.

Couch faced a lengthy, juvenile trial after killing four people while driving drunk as a 16-year-old in 2013.

The proceedings received heavy media attention.

But when then juvenile Judge Jean Boyd only sentenced the teenager to ten years of probation, the case became a public frenzy.

Couch and his mother, Tanya, eventually fled to Mexico during that probation when a video of him playing beer pong surfaced online.

When he was caught and brought back to the U.S., Judge Wayne Salvant gave Couch serious jail time for violating his probation: 720 days behind bars, 180 for each victim.

"If we know all the eyes of the world are on us because of a case like this, then it's requiring us to work that much harder," said Reyes.

Reyes says his staff works hard to ensure every inmate is treated the same, even if they bring notoriety.

Aside from a fight and one other slight infraction, Reyes told WFAA Couch's stay has been relatively low key.

The jail boss showed us around a cell pod that's identical to where Couch is housed just across a secure hall.

"They'll come out and play board games with each other, watch TV, or use the telephone," he said.

Tim Williams, a close family friend of one of Couch's victims, has learned the layout well.

"I think I'll see him tonight," he said on Wednesday afternoon.

Williams was a childhood friend of Pastor Brian Jennings, who stopped to help a stranded driver that fateful June night before Couch drove into the group.

When Couch finally landed behind bars, Williams enlisted to be a visiting chaplain at the jail so he could meet the person responsible for the deaths.

"I didn't know how it would go," he said. "We meet about once a week. For the first year, I wasn't sure it was going anywhere."

But he said he's noticed a chance in Ethan more recently, and is hopeful the now adult takes more responsibility for decisions he made as a lost teenager.

"I've seen a change in Ethan, in his demeanor, in his ability to express and own what he did," said Williams.

Asked if Couch was sorry, Williams said he had received an apology, but didn't think Ethan had directly apologized to the victim's families.

He's hopeful that moment can come when Couch is released.

"We've talked about it," he said. "I think he's sincere."

Couch's release is slated for April 2. He will be required to wear an ankle monitor, be inside by 9 p.m. and stay in his house until 8 a.m., plus submit samples for random drug testing. Go here to see the rest of his release requirements.

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