Monday, April 10, 2006

NORFOLK, Mass. (AP) — A prison officer faces punishment for showing the homosexual cowboy movie “Brokeback Mountain” to inmates at the state’s largest prison, a corrections department spokeswoman said.

Massachusetts Department of Correction spokeswoman Diane Wiffin said the officer, whose name was not released, had not followed standard procedure for screening the movie for excessive violence, assaults on correctional staff, nudity or explicit sexual content.

She would not reveal what discipline the officer faced.

“I want to make it clear, it wasn’t the subject matter; it was the graphic nature of the sexually explicit scenes,” Miss Wiffin said.

The officer showed the movie Thursday at MCI-Norfolk, a medium-security prison about 25 miles southwest of Boston. Miss Wiffin said a deputy supervisor came in as the movie was showing and asked whether the officer had screened it first. He said no. Because only 20 minutes remained of the movie, the inmates were allowed to see the end.

Miss Wiffin did not know how many inmates saw the movie.

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