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Watch A Man React To The Modern World After 44 Years In Prison

Otis Johnson went to prison when he was 25 years old. He was released at the age of 69.

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Otis Johnson entered prison at the age of 25. When he was released 44 years later, at the age of 69, the world outside was quite different from the one he knew before.

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According to Al Jazeera, when Otis was released in 2014, he was given an ID, documents outlining his criminal case history, $40, and two bus tickets.


Otis says he regrettably lost touch with his family and friends years ago, making his re-entry not only jarring, but lonely.

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Otis now depends on Fortune Society, a nonprofit that provides housing and services to ex-prisoners in New York City.


He is still learning about all of the new "crazy stuff" at the grocery store.

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"There's so many things that you can eat. So it's a hard choice to pick out really the food that you want."

Otis has taken full accountability for his own actions, and doesn't feel he is owed anything for the time he served.

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He says, "You've got to let things go because holding on to anger will only stagnate your growth and development."

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