Time away from loved ones can be one of the most trying parts of serving a prison bid. On November 4th, the Federal Detention Center Miami held its first daddy-daughter dance for inmates and their daughters to help with this. The event was a part of a re-entry program to prepare inmates for reunions with their families upon their release.
A total of thirteen incarcerated fathers dressed to the nines in tuxedos, ties and dress shoes hosted their decked out daughters (aged 4-18 years old) in a third floor meeting area in the prison that had been transformed into a fairy wonderland. All of the inmate participants were “minimum-security, nonviolent” offenders. For two hours, the fathers and daughters got the opportunity to dance and spend precious time together. The Miami Herald writes, “They danced. They swayed. They held tight. They laughed. They cried. And these fathers who have been gone for years remembered the chapters they had missed: birthdays, holidays, first tooth, first crush, first heartbreak.”
Inmate Michael Rangel, father of three daughters, serving time for cargo theft emotionally said, “I haven’t been there for so many special moments. I talk to them and email them all the time, but it’s not the same as being there.”
Though in a prison and only a couple of hours, the dance seems to have been good for inmates and daughters alike.