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.
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.
Otis says he spent 44 years in prison for the attempted murder and assault of a police officer.
After serving his time, re-entry into modern society was a challenge.
Otis marveled at the technology all around him.
When he noticed that pretty much every person he saw was wearing "wires in their ears," it was an incredibly confusing and unusual sight.
He also wondered how everyone managed to get around without looking up from their devices.
Otis says he regrettably lost touch with his family and friends years ago, making his re-entry not only jarring, but lonely.
Despite all of the challenges, Otis is grateful for his freedom.
He is still learning about all of the new "crazy stuff" at the grocery store.
Even a simple snack threw him for a loop.
But it was a comfort to see that some things never change.
Otis has taken full accountability for his own actions, and doesn't feel he is owed anything for the time he served.
"Everything happens for a reason, I believe. So I try to let that go and deal with the future instead of dealing with the past."
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