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Otis Johnson was jailed aged 25 for the attempted murder of a police officer.
Now 69, he has been released from prison.
Al Jazeera spoke to Johnson as he adjusted to the modern world after spending 44 years behind bars.
He admits to being confused by people with "things in their ears" (likening them to CIA agents), video screens, how busy the subway is, pay phones and even food.
But despite his apprehension, he is happy to be a free man:
Being in society is a good feeling... I like being in the sun and also observing people. It's nice to be free.
You can watch the fascinating video below:
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