And finally tonight, you're about to meet some little girls whose eyes are filled with stars. No matter that their father-daughter dance is behind bars. Our steve osunsami takes us into a room arewith... See More
And finally tonight, you're about to meet some little girls whose eyes are filled with stars. No matter that their father-daughter dance is behind bars. Our steve osunsami takes us into a room arewith a lot of regrets and so many dreams. Reporter: All of the prisoners at the richmond city jail, getting ready for their big event, admit they made poor choices, especially eir children. I am definitely failing as a parent right now, just by being outside of her life. Reporter: Julian edwards is serving four years for drug distribution, joey atkins is awaiting trial for illegal gun possession, and ronnell glasgow is serving seven years for selling drugs. This is my first time ever wearing a suit. Honestly. Reporter: But they told me none of it is their daughters' fault. Oh, those are pretty. Reporter: At home, I watched 8-year-old a'mya thomas getting ready, too. I get to touch him, I get to hug him and I get to kiss him. Reporter: The sheriff here says he's reminding these men why they need to stay out of jail, by inviting these little girls to the city lockup to come dance with their fathers. They are not hardcore criminals. And they can be very good citizens. And the best way to make a good citizen is to make good fathers. Reporter: Dressed up, you forget they're serving hard time. Until they break down into tears when their daughters come bouncing past the steel doors. Daddy. Hey. ♪ Reporter: The dance only lasted an hour or two. But in this short time in this small room, these young girls had real moments with their fathers. 7-year-old ronnasya glasgow tried to explain. It felt good, and, um -- Reporter: So, you love your dad very much. Yeah. Reporter: This big, this big, or this big? When he does time, his daughter does time. And he told us he'll never let that happen to her again. Steve osunsami, abc news, richmond, virginia.
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