Although it might seem weird or dangerous, the intentions behind the father-daughter dance at the Federal Detention Center in Miami, Florida were nothing but noble. The idea for the dance stemmed from the belief that men who have a family to go home to when they get out of prison, have a better chance of reentering society successfully.
“You are a key to the success of your father,” Federal Bureau of Prisons Director Charles E. Samuels, Jr told the daughters. According to a bureau press statement, “connections to families and children are critical aspects” of inmates’ reentry into society.
That is why recently, the daughters of all nonviolent offenders were seen wearing tights and frilly dress, while their fathers wore suits and ties instead of the orange jumpsuits they had become accustomed to. For just one night, they weren’t seen as prisoners, they were seen as fathers trying to get motivated to do better by their families once they get out.
The dance was appropriately themed “There is Still Time at the Ball,” and is just one of many ways that fathers behind bars can remain an active part in the lives of their daughters.