Youth Justice Consultant
Mr. 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 went on to earn a Master's degree in education specializing in juvenile offender counseling. He became a National Certified Counselor (NCC) in 1984. His professional career spanned three decades working for Sedgwick County Department of Corrections. He has been a collaborative leader and partner working with justice system stakeholders, policymakers and community groups on challenging issues and opportunities.
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He effectively developed, administered and managed a complex combination of facility and community programs in the juvenile and adult justice systems with annual peak budgets totally $31M, a staff of 475, and a daily client population of 2800. Mark was active throughout his career learning, presenting workshops, sharing information, volunteering and serving on task forces, committees and projects. He directed a project to reduce racial disparity and increase fairness for youth who come into contact with the justice system as part of the Models for Change DMC Action Network from 2007-12. He earned awards for excellence in public service, a champion for change and leadership contributing to juvenile justice reforms at the local, state and national levels. He is a graduate fellow at Georgetown University, Center for Juvenile Justice Reform where he also served as a member of the Juvenile Justice Leadership Network from 2010-2016. He retired from county service directing the corrections department in April 2016. His retiree activities include joining the team at the Wichita State University, Center for Combatting Human Trafficking as a youth justice consultant.
Mark began working in corrections as a juvenile court services officer in family services. He was hired by Sedgwick County in 1983 to work with juvenile offenders in a residential rehabilitation program. He advanced quickly through the ranks working as a juvenile counselor, chief counselor, project director, 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 administrator. In January, 1998 he was named director of the Sedgwick County Department of Corrections, where he assumed responsibilities for both juvenile and adult programs.
His responsibilities included 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, aftercare facility, adult community corrections intensive probation and residential center, pretrial services, and administering felony drug court and day reporting (contracted).
Mark served as the administrative contact for Sedgwick County with the state juvenile justice agency from 1998-2016. He was an advocate and leader planning and implementing juvenile detention and juvenile justice reforms. He directed efforts to address disproportionate minority contact (DMC) in the juvenile system and is an advocate for teen victims of human trafficking. Sedgwick County was a partner site in the Models for Change (MFC) DMC Action Network Initiative (2007-12) and he was named the 2011 Champion for Change in this national initiative funded by the MacArthur Foundation. He is a graduate fellow at Georgetown University for completing the Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare: Multi-System Integration Certificate Program for Public Sector Leaders (2010) and he was a founding member of the Juvenile Justice Leadership Network at the Georgetown Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (2010-2016).