Nalya Rodríguez, UCI PhD student in sociology writes, “Do the majority of Salvadorans living in El Salvador actually want harsher [criminal] penalties (more Mano Dura policies) or more funding for social programs to provide education and jobs in order to reduce homicides? … My findings suggest that white Salvadorans, and lighter-skinned Salvadorans, are more likely to want harsher penalties as a way to prevent future homicides over prevention programs.

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