Unique father-daughter dance held for inmates

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A very special dance was held for fathers and their daughters on Saturday.  Those fathers are currently in the Indianapolis Re-entry Educational Facility.

This is the first time the facility has held a dance like this. 26 fathers and their 37 daughters took part in the dance.

For some of the men, this was the first time in years that they’ve had an unmonitored conversation with their daughters.

In order for them to be at the dance, they had to complete the Family Education Development program, which is intended to make them better family men.

“Wanted to give them something to build upon so that when they leave that relationship that they have with their daughter that its a little bit stronger and that it’s a little bit better than it was before they came here,” said Ericka Sanders, who organized the dance

“Different than sitting in a visiting room and stuff and being able to sit here and talk about life and everything and bonding and having a good time,” said Robert Bishop, who attended with his father.

“The first time I ever had a father-daughter dance with my dad. It’s been 15 years and I never had a father-daughter dance with him, so it’s pretty exciting to have a dance with him,” said Madison Bower, who was there with her father.

Because of the success of the dance, and the reactions of the fathers and daughters, they would like to make this part of their regular program, along with events like their Christmas dinner and Halloween party.

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