After four decades spent behind bars, a man tries to reenter the life he left behind.
What do you think New York’s Times Square would look like to you after almost half a century? If you have never seen an iPhone, would you think people walked around just talking to themselves? Would you appreciate the sun more? What food would you buy at the supermarket?
Otis Johnson went to prison at the age of 25 for attempted murder of a police officer. He was 69 when he was released.
In this video, he talks about reconstructing his life in a new world, without a family, without a home, but also without anger or resentment.
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