700 S. Hydraulic
Wichita, KS 67211
The Sedgwick County DMC Initiative utilizes cooperation and
collaboration of the justice, community and school systems to study and address
disproportionate minority contact at the
points of arrest and detention for probation violators to prevent youth from
moving deeper into the system. The
jurisdiction improved data collections, expanded detention alternatives,
developed MOUs with the Wichita Public Schools and police
to provide an Alternative to Arrest procedure, established systems of
graduated response in probation and implemented cultural competence training for
corrections Division personnel.
The Sedgwick County model provides a pathway for other jurisdictions to approach DMC
reduction and achieve significant cost savings by reducing arrests, use of
secure detention and out-of-home placements.
Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Initiative Presentation
Mark Masterson was invited to present information regarding
Sedgwick County’s Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) journey at the 18th
National Symposium on Juvenile Services - Merging Juvenile Justice and Youth
Development: Responding to the Changing Needs of the Field on October 14-18,
2012. Some of the topics included in the presentation were DMC goals, the
Sedgwick County model, proven strategies, strategic innovations, reducing
arrests for specific offenses, school arrest diversion, detention probation
violation sanctions, placement reductions, cultural competence, and site
DMC Initiative Summary of Impacts
Kansas Representative Melody McCray-Miller joined Mark
Masterson as he received recognition as a Champion for Change from Models for
Change, supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
Masterson, Director of the Sedgwick County Division of Corrections, was
honored at a national conference of juvenile justice leaders in Washington, DC
for his efforts to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice
system. Colleagues involved in the Models for Change Disproportionate Minority
Contact Action Network nominated Masterson for the Champion for Change award.
The full program from the awards reception and a short tribute video can be
viewed at the 2011 Champions for Change Web page.
Mark Masterson was asked to present information in Washington,
D.C. at the Models for Change Cross-Action Network Meeting
(DMC, Juvenile Justice Mental Health and Indigent
Defense) on May 10, 2011. The Cross-Action Network
Meeting has representatives from 33 states working on
these important issues.
Mark Masterson delivered a
Presentation to the Sedgwick County Board of County Commissioners on January 2,
Sedgwick County was selected to join the
Models for Change Initiative by the MacArthur Foundation. Kansas is one of four states
selected in a highly competitive process by the John D. and
Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to participate in a new action
network to reduce the disproportionate number of minority youth in
the juvenile justice system. Kansas is now one of 12 states
providing leadership as part of MacArthur’s $120 million Models for
Change, a national initiative to reform juvenile justice across the
An article for the editorial board,
Out of Jail, was
published in the January 7, 2008 issue of The Wichita Eagle. The
article is provided with permission from The Wichita Eagle.
Director Mark Masterson and Project
Manager Jodi Tronsgard presented a workshop on the
Sedgwick County DMC Initiative at the DMC Action Network
Fifth Annual Working Conference in Washington,
D.C. December 6 – 7, 2010. The workshop was presented
jointly with Dr. Delores Craig-Moreland with Wichita
View the “Working
Across Systems to Ensure DMC Reduction” PowerPoint Show.
Champion for Change News Release, December 9, 2011
Mark Masterson named DMC Action Network Champion for Change -
DMC Action Network eNews, December 2011
Getting Results: How
Sedgwick County Slashed Arrest Rates for Youth of Color - DMC
Action Network eNews, April 2011
and Sense: How Sedgwick County, Kansas Leverages Resources to Advance Reforms
in Tough Economic Times - DMC Action Network eNews,
DMC Narrative Report Updated January 2010
Report – 2009
OJJDP’s Disproportionate Minority Contact Technical Assistance Manual,
4th Edition July 2009
DMC Project Plans 2008
Sedgwick County DMC Initiative
Recognized as a "Model Program" by the U.S. Department of
Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention -
Mission: To assure quality public services that provide for the present and future well-being of the citizens of Sedgwick County.
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