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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?
Lilly is desperate to prove herself but gets stuck on traffic duty; D'Angelo goes head to head with a troublesome inmate; Mangin and Cordova face a new challenge when a dangerous ex-gang member leaves his cell unrestrained.
Israel is pushed to the limit by a combative inmate; Lilly is disrespected while working with inmates for the first time; Cordova fails to uncover hidden drugs in a gang member's cell; Andrew struggles with intense training.
The rookie officers work to assert their authority over the inmates; Ariel supervises a death-row inmate; Lilly faces a pod full of disorderly gang members; Purto returns to work following an assault and another inmate soon confronts her.
Antagonistic inmates cause trouble for Purto and D'Angelo; Lilly takes charge of a prison work program; Andrew wonders if he can handle the demands of the job.
Mangin and Cordova subdue a threatening gang member; Israel bucks prison protocol when an inmate harasses him; Lilly finds drugs in a mail delivery; Purto assists with the discharge of a high-risk inmate.
D'Angelo has a difficult time catching inmates with contraband; Lilly learns a hard lesson about trust when a phone goes missing in the pod; Purto interviews a gang member; a new rookie hopes to live up to his father's legacy.
Mangin and the extraction team must forcibly remove an inmate from his cell; Israel makes a mistake when he performs a drug test; Fabian loses track of inmates in his unit; Ariel starts a new post and attempts to establish her authority.
The rookies work to find evidence to take down the prison gangs; Purto assists in a major drug bust; D'Angelo finally locates drugs in the dormitory; Fabian seeks help from his brother.
Lilly works control in a locked-down prison-gang pod; Chaz prepares for an extraction; Javier excels in the training academy; a major mistake threatens Fabian's job; Ariel fails to show up for work.
An inmate swallows unidentified contraband; gang members brawl in Chaz's unit; Javier works yard duty for his first assignment; a stressed-out Ariel calls it quits, while D'Angelo seeks more action.
The administration steps up efforts to take down the SNM gang; Purto learns that his life may be in jeopardy; a leader of the SNM gang shares his story; Mangin and Cordova hit their one-year anniversary as COs; Chaz comes into his own as an officer.
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