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originally posted by: Gazrok
The "rent a cop" solution is a bad one, but not just because of attitude, training, etc.
Simple thing is, I think you'd see a lot of turnover with a private security force, meaning mostly green guards. From a few friends who work in this area, it's the consistency of who's in charge that really does the trick, plus they know the quirks, who the troublemakers are, etc.
Not to mention, with the government oversight, you'll have a lot less risk of lawsuits based on ignorance of law, etc. in handling the inmates. All in all, private security in prisons is just a bad idea for everyone, including the ones running the prison.