Chaz Arnett

Chaz Arnett (@chazparnett) is an assistant professor of law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where he teaches courses in criminal procedure, legal ethics, juvenile justice, and education law. His scholarship focuses on the use of surveillance technologies in criminal law and policy, and the impact they have on criminal justice reform efforts. His most recent work has explored the use of electronic ankle monitors as decarcerative tools in addressing mass incarceration. He was recently voted by Pitt Law students as the 2019 Distinguished Public Interest Professor, recognizing his dedication to social justice in his scholarship, teaching, and service.

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).