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March 21, 2013

Jail dance lets fathers, daughters take a few steps together

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RICHMOND, Va. —

But then "The Wobble" comes on and that gets everyone moving and laughing — for a few minutes, the event turns into a silly, sloppy dance party. "Dad!" Alexis laughs, like any daughter embarrassed by seeing her father busting loose. And then she joins in, jumping forward, leaning to the right and waving her hands in the air.

But when it's time to leave, even the jail guards, some crying, say they feel the ache. The inmates and their daughters all get their photographs in paper frames to keep.

Joey and his daughter Alexis hug and cry for what seems like a very long time.

"It's gonna be okay," he whispers into her ear. "They can't hold me forever, Boo."

Andre hugs Jhaniyika, tells her to be good to her mother and her siblings for him. She keeps looking back as she leaves, a tiny figure stumbling in her shiny Mary Janes.

Outside the room, she spots him through the glass and starts pounding on it, yelling over and over, "Daddy, Daddy, Daddy!"

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