We all suspect that being in jail must be boring, but one man has turned his boredom into a series of lawsuits. James Poulin has been in a Florida prison since 2007, when he was convicted of a DUI that resulted in the death of a woman. Since then, Poulin has filed 6 lawsuits against the prison, all of them were dismissed except for one.
Now, Poulin is at it again, he recently filed a lawsuit against the jail for not letting him have access to “plain” television and for playing the same movies over and over again. Poulin compares watching the same movies to Chinese water torture. The jail shows wartime movies such as “Saving Private Ryan” and holiday classics such as “Polar Express.” Polar express is about excited children on a train. Poulin claims he can hear the children screaming and laughing in his brain all night long.
Prison officials say they have to consider multiple factors before providing television to the inmates, one of those factors is cost and another is the fact that violence has known to decrease when there is no television available. Presumably because the inmates are not fighting about what channel to watch. Additionally, the prison staff says Poulin is free to avert his eyes from the movies that they repeatedly play. Poulin can go back to his room and read, no one forces him to watch the movies.
Something tells me Poulin will not be winning this lawsuit.