OMGoodness, no! Not in corrections. Just a morbid interest.
Yes, I would prefer walls or fences around correctional institutions but I think the general feeling is that it's not psychologically advisable to subject juveniles to that...altho different states have different views.
I wouldn't want any escaped inmate shot at (bc you never really know why they're running...and I'm anti-killing). Maybe if there was someway to nonfatally stop them...like far-range stun gun or something.
It wouldn't matter to me who chased and caught them as long as the correct protocols were followed; police are townspeople, too, and sometimes more crooked than the average citizen.
If lack of staffing was an issue, I'd def prefer a lay citizen to apprehend the escapee than for the escapee to go free.
I don't want to see anyone killed or tortured, but I'm more concerned about the peace of mind of law-abiding ppl/families living nearby than the peace of mind of escaped convicts.