Each State SAC is led by a director who manages the day-to-day operations. Confirmed by the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, the SAC Director must have extensive knowledge of research methodology and statistical analyses techniques, as well as the ability to design and conduct research studies, and produce and present findings in written and oral presentations. Kansas’ SAC is led by George “Ebo” Browne. Ebo obtained his undergraduate degree in Applied Behavioral Science with a concentration in juvenile justice from the University of Kansas (KU). After graduating from KU, he attended Wichita State University (WSU) in pursuit of a master’s degree in Criminal Justice. As a graduate student at WSU, Ebo geared his curriculum on research design and conducted his master’s thesis project on juvenile offenders. Upon graduation, Ebo began working for Kansas Sentencing Commission (KSSC). In his current capacity as a senior research analyst, his duties include serving as the database manager for the research department and author of the agency’s annual report. Aside from his occupational duties, Ebo is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Sociology/Criminology program at Kansas State University and serves as an adjunct criminal justice instructor at Washburn University.
Scott Schultz has been Executive Director for the Kansas Sentencing Commission since 2011 and served on the National Association of Sentencing Commissions Executive Committee from 2013-2016. In this time, his agency has taken the lead in promoting evidence-based practices aimed at reducing recidivism in Kansas.
Prior to joining the Commission, Scott worked at the Kansas Securities Commissioner’s Office for almost 12 years as an Associate General Counsel, Assistant Attorney General and was cross-designated as a Special Assistant United States Attorney to prosecute securities violations in state and federal court. His prior employment pursuits include criminal defense work in private practice and prosecuting violent crime as an assistant county attorney. Scott received his law degree from the Washburn University School of Law and his undergraduate degree from Kansas State University.
Kunlun Chang has been the Director of Research for the Kansas Sentencing Commission since 1995. He is the lead statistician for the research design and implementation. He is the creator of KSSC’s journal entry and probation revocation databases. Nationally renowned for his statistical precision, Mr. Chang produces adult prison population, juvenile correctional facility population and adult custody classification projections and policy impact assessments. The major policy impacts he has done include 2000 Senate Bill 323 (offender good time restoration), 2003 Senate Bill 123(drug offender treatment), 2006 House Bill 2567 (Jessica’s Law), 2007 Senate Bill 14 (probation revocation reduction and program credit), 2011 Senate Bill 6 (DUI and domestic violence diversions) and 2013 House Bill 2170 (justice reinvestment initiative in Kansas), In addition, he has completed numerous impacts of major Supreme Court and Court of Appeals decisions. Mr. Chang produced the first KSSC’s annual report in 1996. He has completed studies and researches on Preliminary Evaluation of DARE in Kansas, Evaluation of School Resource Officer Program in Kansas, Intermediate Sanctions and Evaluation of Racial Disparity of Kansas Sentencing Guidelines. Mr. Chang holds a master’s degree in sociology, EdS degree and completed doctoral course work in education at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
John Grube is a Research Analyst for the Commission and he conducts various research tasks, including policy impact assessments, tracking and of Kansas’ Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI) legislation, House Bill 2170. Obtaining his Juris Doctorate degree from Washburn University, Mr. Grube is a licensed attorney. He previously served as an assistant district attorney in Wyandotte County, Kansas and worked as an appellate attorney for the Kansas State Board of Indigents’ Defense Service (BIDS). John is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Sociology/Criminology program at Kansas State University.
Kira Johnson is the SB 123 Program Director. She develops and reviews program policy, procedure, and expenditures, while working with the treatment providers to ensure offenders are receiving appropriate treatment. Kira has worked as a behavioral health professional at numerous correctional facilities and in community mental health. Most recently Kira was responsible for the mental health care and programming of the juvenile female population at the Kansas Juvenile Correctional Complex (KJCC). Her professional interests include anxiety treatment and correctional psychology. Kira possesses a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and is a Licensed Masters Level Psychologist in the state of Kansas. Currently, Kira is a Psy.D. student in the Clinical Psychology program at the Florida Institute of Technology.