Pioneer supports criminal justice-involved individuals with the services needed to successfully re-enter our communities. Our mission 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:













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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

"When I was released from prison my probation officer dropped me off at a homeless shelter in downtown Seattle. I was left alone to find a job and housing, and rebuild my life. I was dealing with a lot and the path....Read more >>

Thursday, February 22, 2018

“ Sometimes working with individuals who are struggling with substance abuse issues, and trying to pull their life together after incarceration, can be a real uphill challenge. Gary pushed himself to conquer that....Read more >>

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

It is an honor to serve individuals who are working on turning their lives around after jail or prison. Recently one of our resident's at our housing program in Bellingham, City Gate Apartments, wrote a letter of....Read more >>