To advocate for innocent victims of violent crime, educate victims about their rights in the justice system and work with law enforcement to make our communities safer.
Who We Are
Justice Coalition is a grassroots 501 (c) 3 nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that advocates on behalf of innocent victims of crime in a five-county area of Northeast Florida. Victims have rights and Justice Coalition ensures they know those rights. It also provides support and encouragement from the time a crime is committed until the case is closed. Justice Coalition has helped thousands of crime victims by providing services specific to their immediate needs, including collaborating with the State Attorney’s Office, other nonprofits, businesses and volunteers to ensure victims are served.
Justice Coalition began in 1995 because of one man’s experience that changed his priorities. Ted Hires was the average businessman working sixty to eighty hours a week. His life changed the day he and his staff were robbed at gunpoint. As a victim of crime, Mr. Hires found the criminal justice system worked harder for the criminal than the victim. As a result, Mr. Hires formed Justice Coalition to make the justice system more responsive to victims.
Anyone can become a victim of crime at anytime. No one is immune. Violent crime is on the rise and touches every walk of life.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Robert Bracewell, Chair
President, On the Level Home Inspection of Florida
Michael Francis, Treasurer
Vice President-Branch Manager, Ameris Bank
Rivanna Management LLC Owner
Bernie de la Rionda
Assistant State Attorney, Fourth Judicial District
Chief of Investigations, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office
Vice President, American Electrical Contracting, Inc.
Michael A. Rutledge, PhD
Criminology Instructor, Keiser University
Sheriff, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office
Michael J. Liles
Ray Tuenge, Jr.
Editor, Victims’ Advocate Newspaper
Director of Operations
Victim Advocate – Clay County Advocate
Bilingual Victim Advocate
The Justice Coalition
1935 Lane Avenue, #1
Jacksonville, FL 32210