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Camdens Bill Byars supported SCDC as governor, legislature supported him
Bill and Camille Byars
Retired SCDC Director Bill Byars (left) and his wife, Camille, live in Camden. - photo by Martin L. Cahn
It’s hard to argue with the numbers: the S.C. Department of Corrections (SCDC) has reduced its inmate population almost to 1998 levels and begun generating a surplus after several years of severe deficits. While many might point to its most recent director, Camden’s Bill Byars, who retired a week ago, as the reason for those turnarounds, Byars barely takes any credit himself. Instead, he commends his staff, from his immediate subordinates to correctional officers, for doing what needed to be done.