Dear Jefferson County Resident,

You are being invited to participate in a research study by answering questions in the attached survey about the court system in Jefferson County, Kentucky.  This study is conducted by Dr. Ryan Schroeder, Ms. Bailey Holland, and Ms. Courtney Lush of the University of Louisville. There are no more than minimal risks for your participation in this research study.  The information collected may not benefit you directly.  The information learned in this study may be helpful to others. The information you provide will be used to improve the services offered by the court system.  Your completed survey will be stored in a locked cabinet or encrypted computer at the University of Louisville.  The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

Individuals from the Department of Sociology, the Institutional Review Board (IRB), the Human Subjects Protection Program Office (HSPPO), and other regulatory agencies may inspect these records.  In all other respects, however, the data will be held in confidence to the extent permitted by law.  Should the data be published, your identity will not be disclosed.

Taking part in this study is voluntary.  By answering survey questions you agree to take part in this research study.  You do not have to answer any questions that make you uncomfortable.  You may choose not to take part at all. If you decide to be in this study you may stop taking part at any time. If you decide not to be in this study or if you stop taking part at any time, you will not lose any benefits for which you may qualify. 

If you have any questions, concerns, or complaints about the research study, please contact:  Dr. Ryan Schroeder at 502-852-8010 or

If you have any questions about your rights as a research subject, you may call the Human Subjects Protection Program Office at (502) 852-5188. You can discuss any questions about your rights as a research subject, in private, with a member of the Institutional Review Board (IRB). You may also call this number if you have other questions about the research, and you cannot reach the research staff, or want to talk to someone else. The IRB is an independent committee made up of people from the University community, staff of the institutions, as well as people from the community not connected with these institutions. The IRB has reviewed this research study.

If you have concerns or complaints about the research or research staff and you do not wish to give your name, you may call 1-877-852-1167. This is a 24 hour hot line answered by people who do not work at the University of Louisville.


Signature of the Investigator           Signature of the Co-Investigators
Ryan D. Schroeder, Ph.D.                  Bailey Holland
                                                              Courtney Lush


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