Noah Zatz Calls Out of Extraction of Labor from People in Prisons and on Parole

Noah Zatz (’01), Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law, was quoted in a political report on The Appeal highlighting the authority of sheriffs in determining certain jail costs and allocations and their involvement in overseeing parole and related employment (“How Sheriffs Are Extracting Wealth from People in Jail,” June 30). “Extraction doesn’t just happen through money, but it also happens through labor.” Noah further commented on an effect of employment requirements related to parole. “Because jail is such a bad outcome, working is seen as a benefit, because at least you’re not jailed. But functionally what it’s doing is using the threat of incarceration to extract economic value out of the most vulnerable people.”