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Milwaukee Sheriff tries to privatize courtroom bailiffs

Judge issues injunction and orders alternate solution.

DSA Pres Felber: Private security guards would be loyal to their company, not to the county.MILWAUKEE, WI, March 30, 2012: Milwaukee will not be privatizing courtroom security, writes Steve Schultze in the Journal Sentinel. A temporary injunction has halted the use of contracted private services for now. If an adequate solution isn't found by the fall, the case could return to court for a hearing on a permanent injunction.

"Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr.'s plan to privatize courtroom bailiffs won't fly — at least not for now.

Judge Dominic D'Amato ruled that Clarke could not place private security guards in courtrooms, a move the sheriff had already started by issuing a $1.4 million contract with G4S Secure Solutions. The firm, formerly known as Wackenhut, is an international company that provides personnel and technology services.

D'Amato issued a temporary injunction halting the deployment of 25 part-time G4S guards, siding with the county Deputy Sheriffs' Association (DSA)..."

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Posted: April 05, 2012

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