Founded in 1995, the Justice Coalition is a grass-roots organization seeking rights for victims in the criminal justice system. Founder Ted M. Hires Sr. discovered when he and his staff were brutally victimized by armed robbers, the victims of crime had virtually no place in the process of dispensing justice.

He created the Justice Coalition to help victims of violent crime throughout northeast Florida.

The coalition keeps the public informed and involved through its monthly newspaper, Justice Coalition’s Victims’ Advocate. The coalition, its founder, and some of the members have won numerous local and national awards stemming from their activities in the area of community involvement.