Watch Behind Bars: Rookie Year

This reality series follows the on-the-job trials of new corrections officers as they learn the ropes in a prison in New Mexico. Most rookies will leave the job before they've worked for a year. Will these rookies survive?

Thursdays 10:00 PM et/pt on A&E
2 Seasons, 21 Episodes
August 6, 2015
Crime, Documentary & Biography, Drama, Reality
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Behind Bars: Rookie Year Full Episode Guide

  • The war against the SNM gang reaches a critical point and the rookies help put the final nail in the coffin. Purto takes part in a surprise raid on SNM leaders and Javier conducts his first extraction. Israel considers a job change in light of the recent news and Lily finally finds her voice as a confident CO. Mangin and Cordova are no longer rookies anymore and offer wisdom to a brand new class of cadets.

  • The administration increases their efforts to take down the SNM gang as violence still escalates in the prison. Israel and Purto shakedown cells of of high level SNM gang leaders and find out Purto's life may be in jeopardy. A leader of the SNM gang tells his story. Mangin and Cordova hit their 1 year anniversary as COs and witness a violent SNM gang fight. Chaz is beginning to come into his own as a correctional officer.

  • Violent attacks increase in the prison and things can go from zero to 100 in an instant. Rookie COs must be vigilant at all times to prevent a disaster. Mangin must subdue a volatile inmate when he swallows unidentified contraband. A fight between gang members erupts in Chaz's unit and Javier's first assignment as a CO is yard duty. Tired of the violence and stress, Ariel quits the job. Meanwhile D'Angelo moves to PNM in the hopes of getting to see more action.

  • After a few months on the job, some rookies are starting to feel more comfortable in their duties.

  • The department's case against prison gangs is building and the rookies look for ways to find evidence that will take them down permanently.

  • Violence against New Mexico law enforcement is on the rise and even the smallest mistake can be devastating. Mangin joins the extraction to which must forcible remove an unwilling inmate from his cell. Israel makes an error while performing a drug test and Fabian loses track of inmates in his unit. Ariel starts a new post and goes too far to establish her authority and sets up a serious conflict.

  • For the rookies, the mental game in prison can be more taxing than the physical one. D'Angelo is frustrated when he struggles to catch inmates in his unit with contraband. Lilly learns a hard lesson about trusting inmates when a phone goes missing in the pod. Purto joins the elite STIU team interview a gang member. A new rookie, Chaz, hits the line and hopes to live up to his father's legacy.

  • A gang member is subdued after threatening two C.O.'s; a former SNM gang member tries to bully a C.O., forcing him to abandon protocol; drugs are discovered in an inmate's mail; and a C.O. gets a new assignment in discharging a high-risk inmate.

  • Only the strong survive in prison, both inmate and officer alike. Purto and D'Angelo clash with antagonistic inmates.

  • The rookies look for opportunities to exercise their authority or risk being preyed upon by predatory inmates.

  • Young rookies must face their fears while working with violent convicts and gang members.

  • A sneak peek of the upcoming new episode.

  • An inmate leaves during work detail; Ariel is assigned to PNM's worst inmates; Keith decides it's time for a change; Andrew and Mangin form a partnership; a former CO wants his job back.

  • Narcotics slip into the prison despite efforts to prevent it, and a CO takes inmates outside the prison on a high-risk work assignment.

  • Zach investigates a fight; Keith must contain unstable and violent inmates; Ariel struggles with the unpredictability of the job;

  • Francisco reacts after a fight erupts; Tyler oversteps his bounds with a prison gang leader.

  • Rookie officers are educated about the meaning of respect inside the prison walls.

  • In the series premiere, watch as novice correctional officers embark on their careers in one of the most dangerous prisons in America, the Penitentiary of New Mexico.

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