The list of charges against the fathers don’t bring warm and fuzzy thoughts to mind.
Distribution of drugs, illegal gun possession, bank robbery, you name it.
Most of the prisoners admit they have fallen short when it comes to being a father and hope this kind of interaction can start them down a better road.
“I am definitely failing as a parent right now, just by being out of her life,” Ronnell Glasgow told ABC news.
Gerald Ward chimed in on his four year old daughter “it’s amazing what she understands. She understand that Daddy did something wrong.”
Thinking about the issue led Angela Patton of the Richmond City Jail to the idea for the dance.
Sheriff C. T. Woody Jr. had to sign off on the idea and he did so without hesitation. “They are not hard core criminals” Woody began. “They deserve a second chance and they can be very good citizens and the best way to make a good citizen is to make good fathers.”
The only contact the men usually have with the girls is through a think glass wall. Woody hopes being able to dance with their daughters will remind the men why they don’t want to come back to the lock-up.