Chaz Arnett

Prof. Chaz Arnett (@chazparnett) is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Maryland. He teaches and holds expertise in the areas of criminal procedure, race and technology, juvenile law, and education law. His research interests rest at the intersection of race, surveillance, and technology. Prof. Arnett’s scholarship has examined the ways in which surveillance measures are used within the criminal justice system, in corrections and policing, and the impact these practices have on historically marginalized groups and vulnerable populations. His most recent article, “From Decarceration to E-carceration” published in the Cardozo Law Review, explores the dangers presented by the use of electronic monitoring as an alternative to incarceration. His scholarship has been featured in The Crime ReportJotwell, and Jurist, and discussed on the Criminal Injustice and Ipse Dixit podcasts. Prof. Arnett’s current research agenda is aimed at highlighting how law and policy pave the way for new technologies, through their design and implementation, to reproduce and entrench legacies of state sponsored racialized surveillance.

Prior to teaching, Prof. Arnett served as a trial attorney with public defender offices in Baltimore and New Orleans, and as a staff attorney with the Advancement Project, where he assisted in local and national campaigns aimed at combating the school-to-prison pipeline. As a recipient of the prestigious Satter Fellowship, through Harvard Law School’s Human Rights Program, he also worked with the International Center for Transitional Justice on issues of constitutional development in Zimbabwe, and asylum cases for Zimbabwean refugees in South Africa. He has received numerous awards and accolades for his commitment toward furthering human rights through criminal justice reform.

Selected Publications:
  1. Arnett, C. (2019). From decarceration to e-carceration. Cardozo Law Review, 41(2).
  2. Arnett, C. (2018). Virtual shackles: Electronic surveillance and the adultification of juvenile courts. The Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, 108(3).