Matthew Shepard

Read Matthew Shepard’s bio here.

Read James Byrd, Jr.’s bio here.

Read about the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr., Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 here.

With your partners, answer the following question:

Why are laws specific to hate crimes needed?

Why can’t hate crimes be covered under “regular” laws?

What is the difference between federal and state hate crime laws?

Does California have a hate crimes law? What does it say?