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States top prison posts hold ties to Camden
Camden residents John Carmichael (left) and Judge Bill Byars (right) oversee thousands of employees and inmates as part of their duties with the S.C. Department of Corrections. - photo by Michael Ulmer
Bill Byars and John Carmichael may know more about prisons than anyone else in South Carolina. Far from holding extensive rap sheets, the two Camden residents serve as stewards of the S.C. Department of Corrections (SCDOC), running the state’s $413 million prison system. Byars, picked as the director of the SCDOC by Gov.