Angola Inmates Reunite with Children
POSTED: Tuesday, March 31, 2009 - 7:37am
UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 11:58pm
"These walls these towers these wires they can't separate love."
It's called returning hearts. Reuniting hundreds of children with their fathers at the largest united states maximum security prison. 300 inmates at Angola qualified to participate in the program and more than 800 kids paid a visit.
"You have inmates willing to better themselves, because they do not want to see their kids follow this pattern of crime in their families."
Azcuna said children of incarcerated parents are seven times more likely to end up behind bars. A vicious cycle Warden Burl Cain said has been his mission to break.
"We wish they weren't victims, cause many of these people have victims that can't play with their children. Have to try to move on so that there aren't more victims and it's about victims."
"While a majority of the inmates have life sentences, the gates opened and fathers were reunited with their children some even for the very first time."
Kyle Hebert never met his nine-year-old son Matthew, until this weekend.
"I just wanna tell him that I'm sorry I'm not there for him and that I love him."
And Matthew said, he's forgiven him.
"Feeling good and glad today was the day I was gonna see my dad."
Dennis Wilkins and his son Dakota Beebe took advantage of the day, playing basketball and bouncing around. Wilkins says it's one of the few chances they had hang out.
"He's changed his life completely he can change and we're still buddies."
A bond that can't be broken no matter how many bars are between them.