DETERRENT AND CORRECTIONAL
AMONG all the many cases presented by Drs. Blumer and Hauser in their monograph, the writer can find only a single one in which the chastening effect of seeing a picture of crime-punishment had a provably tangible effect. A youth of eighteen in the reformatory contributed this pathetic statement:
"Well, the last picture I saw before I was sent over the road was 'The Big House.' After I have seen that picture I wanted to go straight. It made me get cold feet whenever I thought of pulling a job; but the next day I gave myself up to the police for some jobs that I had done a month before I had seen 'The Big House.' If I should of seen 'The Big House' before I did the crime I wouldn't be where I am now. I felt as though I wanted to be a gangster but after I seen of how quick they get caught and sent to jail, I soon gave up all hope of being a gangster and I would always think that the criminal got too much punishment. Such pictures as 'The Big House' should not be shown."
Confused, illiterate and pitiful as the above confession appears, it possesses a singular merit and interest; a young criminal, after seeing a motion picture of crime and punishment, was moved to give himself up to the police. How rare are such occurrences and how much