Pioneer serves people released from prison or jail in Washington State, and those in recovery from addiction, who are in need of treatment, housing and job skills training. Our mission as a social enterprise is to provide individuals with criminal histories the opportunity to lead healthy, productive lives.

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Labels Create Barriers

We believe that words are powerful and can be very stigmatizing and harmful when used to label our citizens who are or were formerly incarcerated. Let’s be clear, the individuals are first and foremost human beings!

We all need to remember that people released from prison or jail share common and descriptive names with everyone else in society to include: grandparent, parent, son and daughter, extended family member, friend, neighbor, colleague and employee. These are the only type of names that should ever be used to describe a person.

When talking about people who have been involved in the criminal justice system, here are labels to avoid and terms that are acceptable:

NEVER USE

Convict

ex-Con

Inmate

ex-Inmate

Offender

ex-Offender

Criminal

Prisoner

Felon

ex-Felon

Parolee

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Crain's Seattle interviewed Pioneer's CEO, Karen Lee, on past mistakes in her career that shaped her current business philosophy. It is part of a column series that Crain's reports on called, "If I Knew....Read more >>

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Both King 5 TV and the Tacoma News Tribune featured a story on Pioneer to end the year right! Employees from Pioneer Industries - Plant 2, Toalei Mulitauaopele and Lynette Malo, talked about the importance of a company....Read more >>

Within a year of its inception, the impact of a new King County program aimed at reducing further involvement in the juvenile justice system is unprecedented: Compared to the same nine-month period last year, juvenile....Read more >>