“I hear those little kids screaming through my brain. All night long I can hear them. I can close my eyes, but I’m still going to hear them over and over and over.”

It’s a quote that could come from a war veteran or prisoner of war when asked to describe the horrors of their experience. An example of post traumatic stress syndrome, perhaps. War, however, has nothing to do with his particular quote. That quote is from a Florida inmate and he’s referring to the kids in Robert Zemeckis’ The Polar Express. Insert laugh track here.

James Poulin, an inmate at the Brevard County Detention Center in Florida, has filed a lawsuit complaining that he’s being tortured by the people running the jail because he’s forced to watch the same movies over and over again. The jail doesn’t have cable so they play a limited selection of DVDs, which include Saving Private Ryan, Black Hawk Down and The Polar Express, repeatedly. Poulin is trying to get the jail, which had to drop regular TV when the digital switchover happened, to introduce more programming. It’s an interesting case. Do convicted criminals deserve to watch television? And can it actually be torture hearing the same movies all the time? Read More »

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