New rookies hit the line in New Mexico's prison system, where violence is at an all-time high and the notorious SNM gang has declared war on all COs.
Young rookies must face their fears while working with violent convicts and gang members. In Israel's first week, a combative inmate pushes him to his limit. Lilly is intimidated and disrespected when she works directly with inmates for the first time.
Predator vs Prey
The rookies must find ways to assert their authority or risk being preyed upon by predatory inmates. Ariel is nervous about supervising a death-row inmate on tier time, while Lilly struggles to assert herself in a pod full of unruly gang members.
Survival of the Fittest
Only the strong survive in prison, both inmate and officer alike. Purto and D'Angelo clash with antagonistic inmates.
Working in corrections tests patience and courage every day, and its beginning to take a toll on the rookies.
For rookies, the mental game in prison can be even more challenging than the physical one. D'Angelo is frustrated when he has trouble catching inmates in his unit with contraband. Lilly learns a hard lesson about trusting inmates.
No Room for Error
Violence against New Mexico law enforcement is on the rise, and even the smallest mistake can become devastating. Mangin joins the extraction team and must forcibly remove an unwilling inmate from his cell. Israel makes an error when performing.
Building the Case
The department's case against the prison gangs is building and the rookies must learn to find evidence that will take them down for good. Purto redeems himself with STIU and assists in a major SNM drug bust.
The Ones That Make It
After a few months on the job, some rookies are finding their footing as officers while others are starting to fall behind. Lilly works control in an SNM pod that's been locked down after a recent murder.
Zero to 100
Violent attacks are on the rise in the prison, and things can can go from zero to 100 in a heartbeat. Rookie COs must be vigilant at all times to prevent a disaster.
The administration steps up efforts to take down the SNM gang as violence continues to rise in the prison. Israel and Purto must shakedown cells of high-level SNM gang leaders, and Purto discovers his life may be in jeopardy.
The war against the SNM reaches its climax and the rookies help put the final nail in the gang's coffin. Purto takes part in a surprise raid on SNM leaders and Javier conducts his first extraction.
COs in Training
Welcome to the Penitentiary of New Mexico
The COs Wrap Up
Keith Trains for a Promotion
Ariel Responds to a Power Outage
Cohen Cleans Up
Francisco Shares What He's Learned
The Work Program
CO Cordova Conducts a Shakedown
CO Mangin Passes a Phone
Meet CO Francisco Villacana
Searching Cells for Tattoo Supplies
Carlos Loses a Battle
Meet CO Specialist Locksmith Pallisen
Does Ariel Have What It Takes to Be a Good CO?
Tyler Wants to Be a Good CO
About this Show
Behind Bars: Rookie Year
Corrections departments have one of the highest dropout rates in the country, with nearly half of all rookies leaving the job before their one-year anniversary.
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