Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Justice Coalition begins new text message update service - text JUSTICE to 84464

The Justice Coalition is now a text message away from people who want updates on criminals and cold cases or the victims rights organization’s volunteer needs.
The non-profit agency launched a new text messaging system to stay in touch with the community and get its message out.
Announced on electronic billboards around Jacksonville, the new system asks people to text JUSTICE to 84464. The first response will be a link to a video explaining the coalition mission. The text messaging system also gives people the option of texting “Isupportjustice” to 84464 to create a mobile wallet so they can donate to the coalition.
Executive director Ann Dugger said the texting service will make it easier to update crime victims on all cases, or alert people to its needs or events like its Champions for Justice Awards Dinner on Nov. 6.
“If they have opted in, they will automatically get the information when it is sent out,” Dugger said. “If they want an update on a case, want to be involved in an event we are presenting or volunteer, this is much easier.”
The new texting service did cost the Justice Coalition, but Dugger said it will “pay for itself immediately” because a staff member won’t have to spend time sending out telephone calls or emails to multiple people on an issue or news alert.
“We are very short staffed,” she said. “With a very small organization, it helps us spread the word faster,”
The Justice Coalition was founded in 1995 by the late Ted Hires to help crime victims, guide them through the criminal justice system and work with law enforcement agencies to ask the public’s help in finding suspects in old cases. For information, go to www.justicecoalition.org.
Dan Scanlan: (904) 359-4549

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