Hutchinson work release inmate leaves job, still missing

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A Hutchinson prison inmate on work release allegedly left his job Saturday afternoon.

According to the Kansas Department of Corrections, Christopher M. Ward, did not report back when officials came to pick up the inmates.

He had been working at Cal-Maine, an egg-processing plant, for about a year.

According to his criminal records, Ward has previously attempted to elude police. He qualified for the program because he had less than year left of his sentence. He was scheduled to be released in May 2016.

KDOC says there were about 31 other inmates working when Ward left. Ward is from Sedgwick County, authorities believe he might head to Wichita.

KDOC officials say incidents like this are rare and they continue to believe in the work-release program's success. "It would be tempting to look at the situation and have some doubt or lose a little faith.. we can't lose that faith, because there are too many other inmates who haven't abused this privilege," said Jeremy Barclay, KDOC Spokesperson.

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