After 39 Years In Prison Man Is Adrift In A World He Doesn’t Recognize

Meet Otis Johnson. He was imprisoned at the age of 25 in 1975 over a charge involving the attempted murder of a police officer. Sentenced to 44 years in prison, he was only released in 2014, making him 69 years old when he left.

Since then, he’s been trying to live out in the world again, and grapples with the changes, especially with gadgets and inflation rates. However, he seems also to enjoy some of the modern developments, like peanut butter and jelly together in a jar.

Listen to his story here:

News channel Al-Jazeera did a follow up report on Otis, and helped him track some family members with whom he had lost contact. You can watch his progress here:

The last known information about Otis was that he stayed at the Fortune Society, an NGO and halfway house that helps former prisoners re-integrate into society. A crowd funding page has been started to help Otis get a place of his own, and you can find out more here.

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