In an effort to gauge community perceptions of the justice system in Jefferson County, the Racial Fairness Commission is asking local residents to complete an online survey.  Developed by researchers in the Department of Sociology at the University of Louisville, the survey is designed to elicit feedback from anyone who has interacted with the courts as a party, witness or juror.  Attorneys may also complete the survey which can be found at


The survey touches on all aspects of the justice system, including civil and criminal courts, as well as ancillary agencies such as the circuit clerk’s office, probation and parole, and state and local corrections.  Responses may be based on personal experience or that of close friends or family members.  The results will be used to help make improvements to the justice system. 


In addition to the survey, the Racial Fairness Commission will hold several “listening sessions” around town.  The first such session, to be moderated by Jean West of Louisville Public Media affiliate WFPL (89.3 FM), will take place at Spalding Auditorium on May 16 beginning at 6:00 p.m.  The session is free and open to the public.