ROCK HILL — South Carolina prison officials said an inmate has left a work-release program in Rock Hill without permission.

Justin Barton, 23, was not at his job at Palmetto Recycling when officers from the Catawba Pre-Release Center came to pick inmates up Saturday, authorities said.

Officials said was serving a 10-year sentence for assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature out of Chester County.

Staff and wire reports