Behind Bars: Rookie Year delves into the world of rookie corrections officers during their first year on the job in the Penitentiary of New Mexico, one of the most perilous prisons in America. Corrections departments have one of the highest dropout rates in the country, with nearly half of all rookies falling out before their one-year anniversary. The long hours, close proximity to unpredictable criminals, mind games and constant threat of bodily harm make it an intensely stressful career. Come follow a group of new recruits and see what it’s like to work on the inside.
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.