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Corrections

About the Director

Mark Masterson is a native New Yorker who moved to Kansas to attend Wichita State University (WSU).  He graduated with honors with major course work in sociology and criminology and earned a Master’s degree in education specializing in juvenile offender counseling.  He has been a National Certified Counselor (NCC) working in juvenile corrections since 1984.

Mark began working in corrections as a juvenile court services officer.  He has been with Sedgwick County since 1983, when he went to work at Judge James V. Riddel Boys Ranch (JRBR).  He rose through the ranks working as juvenile counselor and chief counselor at JRBR, project director at Sedgwick County Youth Aftercare Project, program coordinator and assistant director at the Department of Youth Services.  In 1995 when the Youth Services and Community Corrections departments merged, he was named Youth Services Division administrator with responsibility for the four juvenile offender facilities operated by Sedgwick County.  In January, 1998 he was promoted to Director of the Sedgwick County Department of Corrections, where he assumed responsibilities for both juvenile and adult programs.

His responsibilities include facilitating and monitoring juvenile justice prevention funding and programs, operating juvenile intake and assessment, juvenile intensive probation and case management (out of home placements and reentry), juvenile detention facility and alternatives, boys ranch, aftercare facility, adult community corrections intensive probation and residential center, pretrial services, and administering felony drug court and day reporting (contracted).

Mark serves as the administrative contact for Sedgwick County with the state juvenile justice agency.  He has been instrumental in juvenile detention and juvenile justice reforms and addressing disproportionate minority contact (DMC).  Sedgwick County was a very successful partner site in the Models for Change (MFC) DMC Action Network Initiative (2007-12) and recognized in 2008 by OJJDP as a Model Program.  Mark leads the DMC initiative in Sedgwick County and in 2011 he was named Champion for Change for the Models for Change DMC Action Network.  He is a graduate fellow of the Georgetown University Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare: Multi-System Integration Certificate Program for Public Sector Leaders (2010) and serves as a member of the Juvenile Justice Leadership Network at the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform.  He is a member of the American Correctional Association and has been an officer and legislative liaison since 1998 with the Kansas Community Corrections Association.