Division of Corrections

Disproportionate Minority Contact

Sedgwick County DMC Initiative

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.

DMC Initiative 2008-2011 Presentation Invitation

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 visits/impacts.

Director Mark Masterson Named Champion for Change in Juvenile Justice Reform

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.


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