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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NEWS

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

In recognition of May being National Drug Court Month, Pioneer is sharing a success story from one of our Spokane residents, Kim, who participated in the Drug Court program. After a lifetime of struggling with addiction....Read more >>

Our work release has been undergoing a lot of construction recently to update needed items and improve the building. Last week when I was walking outside the facility, one of the construction workers yelled down to me....Read more >>

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Join us on May 10, 2017 for Seattle Foundation's annual GiveBIG, a day of giving dedicated to making Greater Seattle a stronger, more vibrant community for all. Your gift to....Read more >>