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:

NEVER USE

Convict

ex-Con

Inmate

ex-Inmate

Offender

ex-Offender

Criminal

Prisoner

Felon

ex-Felon

Parolee

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Join Pioneer at the International Community Corrections Association Annual Research Conference in Seattle on October 29 - November 1, 2017 at the....Read more >>

Monday, September 18, 2017

September is Recovery Month and we are proud to share success stories from individual's in our programs. “Alex is really a phenomenal person and we are all so proud of his eagerness to leave behind a life of....Read more >>

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

I came to Pioneer quite broken and they gave me that shred of hope I desperately needed. I received housing, counseling and job training to make positive changes in my life. At 13 years old I started sneaking my parents....Read more >>