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LA Gang Peace Negotiator Asked 'How many of the gang members you deal with live with their fathers?'
Los Angeles, CA--Over the weekend my wife and I had the pleasure of attending incoming California State Senator Rod Wright's (pictured) swearing-in Inglewood. While serving in the Assembly from 1996 to 2002, Rod was a pioneer of child support and family law reform in California and the nation. One of the interesting people we met at the ceremony was Dr. Perry Crouch, a gang intervention specialist in South-Central Los Angeles. Dr. Crouch has negotiated peace treaties between warring gangs. What a tough job--I told him maybe he should be Obama's new Secretary of State. Predictably, I asked Dr. Crouch, "How many of the gang members you deal with live with their fathers?" Dr. Crouch thought about it for quite a while, turned to me and said, "About 1/2 of one percent."