Our efforts paid off. The judge not only reinstated Lily’s probation, she also spoke directly to Lily with compassion and kindness, a rare event in criminal court. The judge stated that Lily’s experience was not her fault, that she had value and worth, and that she wanted to do anything in her power to help Lily succeed. Tears streamed down Lily’s face as the judge spoke to her. Lily is now regularly attending her probation visits and will have no criminal record once she successfully completes her probationary period. She is emboldened with a new sense of hope and is excited about what lies ahead. Lily dreams of finishing her high school education and continuing on to higher education, all things that are now within her reach without her past criminal record haunting her.