The Labor and Social Security Rights of Captive Workers in The Netherlands
In 2021, the Netherlands shifted to a voluntary work scheme for prisoners. This might be viewed as a better alternative to compulsory prison labor, but there are serious concerns regarding the rights of captive workers: Those doing low-paid work in prison are in a vulnerable and disadvantaged position because of their limited freedom of movement, inability to change jobs, and limited labor and social security rights. This raises the following main research question: What labor and social security rights should working prisoners have in the Netherlands? This question is under-researched and must be addressed in order to assess the system of social security and labor market policy in the Netherlands
With this project in the philosophy of law Hadassa Noorda examines this normative question and provides a framework to consider amending the approach to prison labor.