Dear Editor,

The State of New Jersey should offer street gangs the option to enter into cease fire agreements and begin decommissioning their weapons, in exchange for the early release of gang members on special parole and transitioning gang members out of criminality and into community worker positions, along with providing higher education programs to incarcerated gang members.

Our current system offers no exit to the cycle of criminality for survival. The state must offer gang members an opportunity to enter legitimate employment and give back to their communities.

Eric Hafner
Toms River