Professor Fairbank received her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Juvenile Justice from Elizabeth City State University in Elizabeth City, NC. She also has a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from American Military University.
Professor Fairbank began her career in Florida where she worked with a pilot diversion program for juveniles. This program incorporated counseling, community service, drug testing, and class for parents, restorative justice conferencing, and an opportunity to see inside a prison facility for first time non-violent offenders. From there she was a juvenile drug court case manager for the State of Maine. These offenders had and extensive history in the system and were offered the opportunity to be in a yearlong program that included a weekly meeting in the courtroom where there progress would reported to the judge.
Professor Fairbank served in the military for eight years with tours in Iraq and Africa. She became a United States Army Staff Sergeant. Upon completion of her enlistment she returned to her home state of Maine and worked as a Child Support Enforcement Agent for the Department of Health and Human Services.
Having spent the last eight years in the military I have had the opportunity to travel all over the world and have the experience of working with many cultures performing different jobs. Before the military I spent time working with juveniles in the justice system. I was a case manager for a diversion program for the state of Florida. I also had the opportunity to be a case manager for the state of Maine Juvenile Drug Court. I believe that given the opportunity to work with offenders at the juvenile age offers a great chance to make a difference to the individual which in turn can be relief to the corrections system. It is imperative that people who have a passion for the law enter this field they are the ones that will make a difference.