001f1fa001f1f8 My Life After 44 Years In Prison | AJ Shorts

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  • Published on Nov 24, 2015

  • Subscribe to our channel http://bit.ly/AJSubscribe Otis Johnson went to jail at the age of 25. When he got out at 69, he rejoined a world that was starkly different from the one he remembered. This is his story. Last year, we met Otis Johnson at a New York City shelter for ex-convicts. Everyone there was trying to get their feet back on the ground. Otis had just got out of prison after serving a 44-year sentence. The last time he had seen his family was May 1975. When we shared Otis's first story of being reintroduced to the modern world, viewers were amazed by just how unfamiliar everything was to him. iPhones, Times Square, jars of pre-mixed peanut butter and jelly ... everything was new or starkly different. INTERACTIVE: My life after 44 years in prison. The story of Otis Johnson His story clearly resonated with people. More than 12 million people watched Otis' story on YouTube, and we wanted to show them what happened next. We went to Asbury Park, in New Jersey, with Otis to try to find them. Reconnecting with family was something he had said he was always interested in doing, but hadn't got round to yet. After all, he was still learning how to navigate the city. He had a small box where he kept old, tattered photos of family members, but that was basically all the information he had on them. "The only address I really have is Asbury Park," Otis told us. So we took the train to Asbury Park not knowing much. But we did have Otis' memory. Once we arrived at the train station and began roaming the streets, small things about his old home slowly came back to him: extended family members, friends, shops. He wanted to find his aunt, Dottie Moore, and some other family members. He said many would probably think he was dead. When we talked to Otis about his relationship with his family, his answers were complicated. He was a member of the Fruit of Islam (the paramilitary wing of Nation of Islam, the Islamic religious movement once famously led by Malcom X) in his younger days. The Nation of Islam's stated goals were to improve the spiritual, mental, social, and economic condition of African Americans. Otis was a devout Muslim who said he helped "clean up the streets" of drug dealers. "We wasn't all bad," he would say. But Otis said some of his family members didn't buy that. He didn't know if they would be angry or happy to see him after all these years away. He had a nervous energy about him as we walked down Pine Street, knocking on doors and asking strangers about Dottie Moore. This final story on Otis Johnson is one of reconnection and reconciliation. It is the story of a man on a quest to reunite with remnants of his past and one, we hope, many can relate to. Find out more about Otis: http://aje.io/LifeAfterPrison More AJ Shorts: http://aljazeera.com/shorts -- Filmmakers: Elena Boffetta - https://twitter.com/ElenaBoffetta Jenna Belhumeur - https://twitter.com/jenna_bel Executive Producer: Yasir Khan - https://twitter.com/khanundrum Subscribe to our channel http://bit.ly/AJSubscribe Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/AJEnglish Find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/
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  • I really wanna give this guy a hug.

  • 44 years for assault on a officer? Racism? Bet

  • He is very handsome to be 69 0001f60d

  • 44 years for attempted murder

  • Makes you feel grateful.

  • 44 years for attempted murder ? ain't that some BS..

  • funny how he gets out of jail, just to see everyone around him is in their own jail, where they are trapped being stuck on their pho nes

  • Bro, I never seen peanut butter and jelly in the same jar either.

  • I can't imagine being locked up for that long and coming out completely level headed like this guy. I feel like I would go insane

  • I would talk to this man all day

  • literally the mind of a 25 year old in a really healthy old body.

  • 44 yrs. it s not FAIR

  • He gets out of jail and got out in NY? Yo I never been to jail and got overwhelmed with the craziness of NY when I visited the state, I can only imagine how he feels seeing all that craziness and new things lol.

  • What is wrong with the justice system. People get 8-9 years for killing a baby or killing dozens of people. But this guy got 44 years for an attempted murder. Is it cause of the race,wealth or the system that causing it? I don't think its fair.

  • he looks like morgan freeman

  • Makes you feel grateful.

  • You don't understand. He went in prison during Vietnam. Then came out after smartphones, flat screens, and 3D video games.

  • Attempted murder 44 years in prison that sucks on America not fair.!!!

  • Feel sorry for him after spending 44 year in prison and have nobody with him. Age of 69 have to start all over again. God bless him.

  • The crime he committed 44 years ago could be a personal defense against police brutality.There is no such thing back in 1975.