In season 2 episode 2, "Doors and Corners" while boarding the space station, guards attack the boarding party with non-lethal gel rounds.
Its mentioned that they're fitted up more like prison guards.
Later on the scientists they find seem to not be aware of their situation, and although initially violent, the only surviving scientist seems proud of the work they were doing.
Based on this I assume some of the other scientists might not have been as willing to work voluntarily, and potentially some would get unplugged every now and then and become violent.
This answer seems a bit odd to me given that they didn't seem aware of the outside world. Is there any more explanation to this?