The Sacramento-based Criminal Justice Legal Foundation has received a one million dollar grant to honor W. Barron Hilton, who was a founding member of the organization.
The legal group was formed in 1982 to represent the interests of victims of crime and law enforcement in the state and federal courts and to advocate for policies which improve public safety. At that time, Hilton, who was Chairman and President of Hilton Hotels Corporation, was among a group of 22 business and community leaders who joined together to form the Foundation and serve on its governing board. He continued to serve on the CJLF board for 25 years, until his retirement in 2007.
During Hilton’s years of service, the Foundation helped to win scores of precedent-setting decisions in the United States Supreme Court and the California Supreme Court to uphold several California ballot measures, including the original Victims’ Bill of Rights and Three Strikes initiatives, and to prevent rulings undermining the effectiveness of law enforcement nationally.
The grant was awarded by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to create an endowment in Mr. Hilton’s name. The W. Barron Hilton Endowment will help to assure that the Foundation's work continues to protect the interests of crime victims’ and law-abiding society for generations to come.