- The Justice Policy Institute noted that these companies make more money through longer prison sentences, but you don't need a report from a nonprofit group to know that. Just look at their own investor reports. The Corrections Corporation of America, the largest for-profit prison company in the country, lists as a business risk in its 10K to the SEC "any changes with respect to drugs and controlled substances or illegal immigration could affect the number of persons arrested, convicted, and sentenced, thereby potentially reducing demand for correctional facilities to house them." CCA also told investors it would make less money if there were lower minimum sentences and more eligibility for inmates for early release for good behavior.
As much as people enjoy blaming others for their own problems, the US has much bigger problems than who is enjoying free room and board and healthcare at taxpayer expense because they chose to smoke and snort and inject their way into prison. The War on Poverty, initiated in the 1960s, has been the biggest failure of the last 60 years. We've thrown billions of dollars at the poor, and somehow, quite mysteriously, poverty levels haven't dropped. According to OWS and their supporters (communists, democrats, anarchists), the poor are getting poorer.
Right after we end the War on Poverty, we can discuss reforming the War on Drugs.