JC-Courtroom-Photo_01-11-16-WebAbout Us


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.




Robert Bracewell, Chair
President, On the Level Home Inspection of Florida

Michael Francis, Treasurer 
Vice President-Branch Manager, Ameris Bank 

Terry Allen
Rivanna Management LLC Owner

Bernie de la Rionda
Assistant State Attorney, Fourth Judicial District 

Chris Butler
Chief of Investigations, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office 

Gary Hopkins
Vice President, American Electrical Contracting, Inc.

Michael A. Rutledge, PhD
Criminology Instructor, Keiser University

Mike Williams
Sheriff, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office



Michael J. Liles
Executive Director

Ray Tuenge, Jr.
Editor, Victims’ Advocate Newspaper

Jo Wilson
Director of Operations



Andrea Crutchfield
Victim Advocate – Clay County Advocate

Aida Quinones
Bilingual Victim Advocate



Contact Information

The Justice Coalition
1935 Lane Avenue, #1
Jacksonville, FL 32210

Phone: 904-783-6312

FAX: 904-783-4172