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About OneSouthCarolina 2013

Bryan Stevenson

OneSouthCarolina® 2013

The Intersection of Poverty, Justice and the Economy in South Carolina
March 1-3, 2013

South Carolina’s ability to compete in the increasingly complex global economy is hampered by legacies of our past, which continue to bar progress for many South Carolinians and for our state. OneSouthCarolina brings real world, in-depth information and a direct and powerful examination of the critical issues facing our state.

Last year’s inaugural OneSouthCarolina discussion examined how poverty affects access to healthcare and education in the state and how those factors figure in the equation of greater or lesser well-being and economic opportunity for all the people of South Carolina. OneSouthCarolina 2013 added consideration of how poverty impacts the state’s corrections system and the people who move through it. We also continued our discussion of how ongoing changes in the way we invest public dollars in critical issue areas can create a more prosperous South Carolina.

Speakers included Bryan Stevenson, director of the Equal Justice Initiative, who showed how poverty dramatically increases an individual’s odds of entering, staying in, and re-entering the corrections system. Jerry B. Adger, Inspector General, South Carolina Department of Corrections, showed how, under Director Bill Byars' leadership, education, community and family supports significantly reduced entry and re-entry into the state’s juvenile justice system and how similar changes could impact the adult corrections system. South Carolina Supreme Court Justice Kaye Hearn provided a view from the bench. Joey Von Nessen, University of South Carolina economist, explored the enormous costs of the corrections system and how steering investment toward higher high school graduation rates could dramatically reduce the state's prison population. 

Hosted by former S.C. Governor and U.S. Secretary of Education Dick Riley, and DLI facilitator Juan Johnson, and moderated by Mark Quinn, OneSouthCarolina is not a traditional conference. Rather, it is a rich experience that included:

  • compelling new information about how diverse South Carolinians fare in the critical arena of justice and associated impacts on the state’s economic and social progress
  • high quality, high interest local and national speakers
  • multi-class, multi-region networking opportunities
  • “overtime” sessions for those who want to further explore the day’s discussion with speakers and peers
  • updates on and opportunities to become involved in the progress of OneSouthCarolina’s SuperCapstones, service projects launched from the 2012 event and led and championed by DLI alumni

OneSouthCarolina’s creative thread showcased South Carolina’s unique culture, including:

  • South Carolina Traditions II, curated by the South Carolina Arts Commission and featuring award-winning artists and demonstrations of South Carolina's rich cultural heritage
  • “Hands-on” exploration of South Carolina great food and drink traditions, including a luncheon menu from Nathalie Dupree, southern hors d’ oeuvres and cocktails from the state’s best chefs and bartenders and the Southern Food Cornucopia on the Beach – a feast of offerings featuring Ben Moise’s oyster roast and other South Carolina favorites.

A broad spectrum of national and state experts and artists presented compelling new information, participated in panels and hosted overtime sessions. Some primary presenters included:

  • Jerry Adger, general, South Carolina Department of Corrections
  • Bill Byars, director of the South Carolina Department of Corrections
  • Nathalie Dupree, author, chef and cooking show host
  • Kaye Hearn, justice, South Carolina Supreme Court
  • Ken May, executive director, South Carolina Arts Commission
  • Doug Pardue, special projects reporter, The Post and Courier
  • Bryan Stevenson, executive director. Equal Justice Initiative
  • Joey Von Nessen, University of South Carolina economist

Explore the pages and photos from the 2012 event.  

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