Behind Bars: Rookie Year

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  • SEASON 1 8 episodes available
  • SEASON 2 12 episodes available

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S 2 E 12

The Takedown

Aired on Nov 10, 2016

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. Israel considers a job change in light of recent news, and Lilly finds her voice as a confident CO. Mangin and Cordova are no longer rookies and offer wisdom to a brand new class of cadets.

S 2 E 11

It's Personal

Aired on Nov 03, 2016

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. A leader of the SNM gang tells his story. Mangin and Cordova hit their one-year anniversary as COs and witness a violent SNM fight. Chaz is beginning to come into his own as an officer.

S 2 E 10

Zero to 100

Aired on Oct 27, 2016

Violent attacks are on the rise in the prison, and things can go from zero to 100 in a heartbeat. 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 breaks out 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, while D’Angelo moves to PNM in the hopes of getting to see more action.

S 2 E 9

The Ones That Make It

Aired on Oct 20, 2016

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. Chaz gets ready for an extraction, and new cadet Javier excels in the training academy. Fabian makes a major mistake that puts his job in jeopardy. Ariel begins to doubt her career choice, and stops showing up to work.

S 2 E 8

Building the Case

Aired on Oct 13, 2016

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. D’Angelo finally finds drugs in the open dormitory. Mangin and Cordova respond to an emergency involving an irate inmate. Fabian is discouraged and has to call his brother for help.

S 2 E 7

No Room For Error

Aired on Oct 06, 2016

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 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, setting up a serious conflict.

S 2 E 6

Mind Games

Aired on Sep 29, 2016

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 when a phone goes missing in the pod. Purto joins the elite STIU team to interview a gang member. New rookie Chaz hits the line and hopes to live up to his father’s legacy.

S 2 E 5

Boiling Point

Aired on Sep 22, 2016

Working in corrections tests patience and courage every day, and it’s beginning to take a toll on the rookies. Mangin and Cordova must subdue a gang member after he threatens them. Israel refuses to follow prison protocol when a former SNM gang member intimidates him. Lilly gets a confidence boost when she discovers drugs in an inmate’s mail, and Purto is called to a special assignment discharging a high-risk inmate.

S 2 E 4

Survival of the Fittest

Aired on Sep 15, 2016

Only the strong survive in prison, both inmate and officer alike. Purto and D’Angelo clash with antagonistic inmates. Lilly oversees a prison work program just steps from where SNM gang members recently murdered one of their own members. Andrew hits the line and questions whether he’s cut out for this demanding job after all.

S 2 E 3

Predator vs Prey

Aired on Sep 08, 2016

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. Purto returns to work for the first time after a brutal inmate assault only to be confronted by another inmate, and new rookie Fabian is overwhelmed on his first day on the job.

S 2 E 2


Aired on Sep 01, 2016

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. Cordova gets knocked down a peg when he misses drugs in a gang member’s cell. Timid new recruit Andrew struggles to graduate from the intense training academy.

S 2 E 1

A New Threat

Aired on Aug 25, 2016

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. Petite Lilly is desperate to prove herself, but is stuck on traffic duty her first day on the line. D’Angelo goes head to head with a troublesome inmate. Seasoned rookies Mangin and Cordova face a new challenge when a dangerous ex-gang member leaves his cell unrestrained, and Christian must take action to prevent a fight between inmates from turning deadly.

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