Remember Texas teenager Ethan Couch, who avoided jail time after drunkenly running over 4 pedestrians and killing them all? Ethan was only given probation after his spree because a psychologist testified that he wasn’t truly responsible, since he was suffering from the ill affects of growing up wealthy, also known as “affluenza”.

Part of Ethan’s “punishment” is attending rehab.  He will be confined to the upscale Newport Academy for the length of his rehabilitation.

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Here are pictures of the facility at which he will be suffering.





Ethan’s incarceration at the luxury facility won’t be all fun and games.

Oh wait…yes, it will. Straight from the Newport Academy website, here is the description of Ethan’s new home away from home:

  • Newport Academy only accepts 6 adolescents at any one time into our program. Our gender-specific facilities are completely separate (6 boys, 6 girls). There are over 40 staff to provide care for these 12 total residents.
  • Newport Academy has on-site horses and facilities for Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. Recognized by many treatment experts as a significant therapeutic process with teens, Newport Academy is the one of the only treatment centers with horses and Equine Therapists on-site.
  • Newport Academy has “the most beautiful treatment facility in the industry that provides an environment of compassion and caring” (Treatment Magazine, 2009). Between both the Girls and Boys facility, Newport Academy sits on 6 acres of serene, equestrian property located just miles from Newport Beach, California. See our facilities here.
  • Newport Academy has an on-site gym with new, state-of-the-art equipment. The American Medical Association states that a regular exercise program is a key element of effective teen drug treatment.

If that sounds like too much work, don’t worry – there are also opportunities for recreation. Troubled adolescents can participate in mixed martial arts or take cooking lessons. Massages are offered, and they will also have access to a swimming pool, a basketball court, and 6 landscaped acres.

This is the punishment for a kid who stole beer and drank until his blood was at 3 times the legal limit for an adult. He then drove his F-350 and crashed into four pedestrians, killing all of them on impact.  When he crashed, two of his friends were thrown from his vehicle and seriously injured. One of those boys is so severely brain injured he will never walk or talk again.

While other families mourn the missing family members this year, Ethan will be in the lap of luxury, eating gourmet meals served by staff, and riding horses to help him to “rehabilitate.”

The notion of “justice” is very different when you’re rich, isn’t it?

Contributed by Kimberly Paxton of

Kimberly Paxton, a staff writer for the Daily Sheeple, is based out of upstate New York.

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