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Behind Bars: Rookie Year follows a group of new recruits at the New Mexico Corrections Academy (NMCA) who are training or have recently joined the ranks at the Penitentiary of New Mexico (PNM). These rookies come face-to-face with rapists, murderers, and gang members who take pleasure in preying on weakness. Every new recruit hoping to join the department goes through a rigorous training program designed to test their fortitude and give them the tools needed to survive one of the most dangerous working environments on the planet. But as each day passes, the physical and emotional demands often prove too much for some, and even the best training can't prepare a rookie for the unexpected. Whether they're cadets in training or brand new on the line, the officers all wrestle with a critical life-or-death question: Is it worth it?
New corrections officer Zach encounters a violent inmate during his first day on the job; Ariel works to overcome her timid persona; prisoners taunt Carlos; Tyler locates contraband in the prison kitchen.
The rookie officers learn the meaning of respect as they make their rounds surrounded by hardened career criminals.
Francisco reacts when a fight erupts; Tyler crosses the line with a prison gang leader; Keith assists the elite gang unit; Cohen, a third-generation corrections officer, aims to prove his worth.
A career criminal takes advantage of Mangin; Andrew works to bust a gang member who is dealing drugs; Ariel faces the challenges of being a female corrections officer.
Zach investigates a fight; Keith deals with unstable and violent inmates; Ariel wrestles with the uncertainty of the job; PNM's tragic past acts as both a haunting reminder and a catalyst for change.
Despite efforts to keep the prison clean, narcotics always find their way into the prison; Francisco suspects an inmate is high; Andrew takes inmates on a high-risk work detail outside of the prison; Bruce struggles with high expectations.
The rookies begin to understand the harsh realities of their new careers; Keith is at a crossroads; Andrew tries to find the balance needed to be an effective officer; Zach faces new challenges without his mentor; a new officer takes his first post.
An inmate leaves a work detail; Ariel lands a rough assignment; Keith seeks a change; a partnership forms between Andrew and Mangin; a former CO wants his old job back.
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