He was in jail for 44 years. When he came out, he experienced a whole new tech world

In 1975, Otis Johnson was convicted of assault and murder of a police officer. He was sentenced to 44 years in prison. Needless to say, while Johnson was in jail, the world as he knew it changed and advanced rapidly. When he was finally let out in 2014, Johnson was at a loss for words, and he described his world as a dystopia of sorts where everyone seemed to be wearing wires.

When Johnson entered Times Square in New York, he was completely overwhelmed thinking people to be secret agents. He was perplexed and confused. Being removed from society, this man, who was jailed for 44 years found it difficult to adjust to the modern world of the internet and technology.

1 After being away for 44 years, He Was Disoriented

Life had just passed by Otis Johnson. When he entered jail, convicted for murdering a police officer he was just 25. The year 1975 wasn’t as technologically advanced as today. The era of computers as a common way of life and the internet wasn’t exactly a phenomenon then.

Johnson was released in August 2014. He had served 44 long years in prison and now after being released, he was suffering from a big case of disorientation. Johnson was part of a small group of people who in 2013-14 were released after serving 20 years in prison. Johnson was provided with documents that included his ID card, his case history, two bus tickets and $40. Johnson allowed an Al Jazeera camera crew to follow him around documenting his experience.

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