The Jungle By Upton Sinclair

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The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair, depicts life in the 20th Century fictional Chicago suburb of Packingtown. This area of the city is filled with pollution, poverty and a soaring crime rate. The main character, Jurgis Rudkus, struggles to provide for his family and begins to steal from people in order to make money. Jurgis and his wife, Ona make their children get jobs to help boost their income. It has been studied over the years that involving kids in social activities or programs is an effective way to lower crime rate. The Rudkus’ family is a prime example of how poverty adds to the soaring crime rate of the country. Some people will find that they have urges to steal, murder or kidnap, so the best ways to reduce crime rate are to encourage students to stay in school, stop giving criminals benefits while they’re serving time, and develop more effective strategies to keep people off the streets and out of jail. While in school, children are taught to read, write, and communicate with others. However, some students find themselves disengaged with their education and dropout. “According to the most recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Justice, 56 percent of federal inmates, 67 percent of inmates in state prisons, and 69 percent of inmates in local jails did not complete high school”(“Crime Rates Linked”) Not everyone who drops out of school will automatically become a criminal, but those who do drop out will have a higher chance of incarceration than those who don’t (“Crime
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