Career Insights Featuring Deb Arthur, Empowering Change for Women in Prison


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On episode #34 of the 2B Bolder Podcast, Deb Arthur discusses her passion for justice reform and how she centered her career around creating change within the system. She focuses on representing justice impacted people and supports them in building a brighter future. Tune in to hear more about Arthur’s inspiring journey.

Deb graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, CT, with a B.A. in Religion, earned her Master’s degree in Black Studies from The Ohio State University, with a focus on African American children and youth, and earned her Juris Doctor degree from The University of Connecticut School of Law. After law school, Deb moved to Portland, where she practiced criminal defense and juvenile law for ten years, specializing in representing juveniles in adult criminal court.
For the past 18 years, Deb has been teaching at Portland State University in the interdisciplinary general education program. She received the Campus Compact Western Region Engaged Scholar Award for her extensive work to bring college education and support to incarcerated individuals. She was a member of the 2018-19 cohort of Child Defender Fellows selected by the Children’s Defense Fund. She teaches courses at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn and at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville. She has worked on numerous successful clemency petitions, is a long-time volunteer with the Oregon Youth Authority, and serves on a statewide task force charged by the Oregon legislature to study and recommend state and local governmental actions addressing prison education. She organized and is an active member of the Oregon Coalition of Higher Education in Prison. Deb is a co-founder and director of PSU’s Higher Education in Prison Program. at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville.
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