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Maine Prison Inmate Escapes A Month Before Scheduled Release

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File photo of a prison facility. (credit: BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of a prison facility. (credit: BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images)

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LEEDS, Maine (AP) — Law enforcement authorities in Maine are looking for an inmate who escaped from a work release site in Leeds.

The state prisons department says 35-year-old Justin Ross was reported missing at about 6 p.m. on Monday. He was living at the Central Maine Pre-Release Center in In Hallowell.

Authorities described Ross as a white male, 5-feet, 11-inches tall and weighing about 185 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes.

Ross is from the Farmington area and was serving a sentence for domestic violence assault. He started serving his time in June 2011 and was scheduled to be released late next month.

The Central Maine Pre-Release Center houses prisoners with 15 months or less on their sentence and focuses on reintegrating prisoners into the community through work release opportunities.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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