Profiting off mass incarceration is a dirty business. When private prison company Corrections Corporation of America squanders taxpayer money and runs facilities rife with human rights abuses, it's dragging its own name through the mud.
Under many civil asset forfeiture laws around the country, cops can take people's money and property without proving anyone guilty, or indeed without even making an arrest. The more they seize, the better off their departments are.
The country's biggest for-profit prison companies already pull in hundreds of millions of dollars a year locking up immigrants in federal custody. They stand to pull in even more money if the new laws generate lots of new prisoners.
Corizon is just one of the many powerful companies getting rich off mass incarceration. As long as Corizon is motivated by its bottom line rather than the health of prisoners, there will always be a perverse incentive to not provide treatment.