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Deborah Smith Arthur
Deborah Smith Arthur


Deborah Smith Arthur is a former criminal defense attorney and an Associate Professor at Portland State University; she has been an advocate for under-served and justice involved youth and adults for over 25 years. She has partnered with the Multnomah County Department of Community Justice for over fifteen years with her Juvenile Justice Capstone. She also teaches courses at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn, and at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville. She has been active on statewide criminal justice reforms, and has worked on numerous clemency petitions.  She is a volunteer with the Oregon Youth Authority and the Oregon Department of Corrections. She is the principal founder of PSU's Higher Education in Prison Program.

Subject Matter Focus

Criminal and Juvenile Justice; General Education; Educational Equity and Access.

Deborah Smith Arthur, JD

Assistant Professor
University Studies
office: CH 137
phone: (503) 725-5831
fax: (503) 725-5977