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The Jefferson County Commission on Racial Fairness is conducting a new survey, this one about the everyday workings of the county judicial system.

The commission was created in 2001 to investigate claims of racial bias in Jefferson Circuit Court. Panel chair and Court of Appeals Judge Denise Clayton says since then, the commission has conducted a series of studies on various race-related aspects of the local court system.

“The other areas where we have reports were on sentencing, the setting of bail, jury selection and now we’re looking at courtroom environment,” she said.

A new 26 question survey will be available on selected business days through October 12 at the Jefferson County Judicial Center and the Hall of Justice. It can be completed by citizens, attorneys, police officers, social workers and others, plus will be available to jail inmates. Participants are not required to reveal their identities.

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation."