Tonight on A&E, fan-favorite hit series “Behind Bars: Rookie Year,” which follows correctional officers during their first year on the job, premieres Season Two. It will follow cable’s #1 new non-fiction series, “60 Days In,” which features pseudo-inmates planted to obtain insider information at the Clark County Jail in Indiana.
“Behind Bars: Rookie Year” features life as a new correctional officer (CO) at the New Mexico Corrections Department, one of the most notoriously dangerous prison systems in the country. These new COs join a prison system that holds over 7,000 inmates, but is managed by less than 1,000 correction officers.
Intensifying the already dangerous situation, with inmates greatly out-numbering COs, one of the most influential prison gangs, Syndicato de Nuevo Mexico (SNM), has declared war on law enforcement. Foot soldiers on the front lines against SNM and other ruthless gangs, these rookie COs discover drug lines into the facility, intercept communications from the outside and confront hit plans on the Secretary of Corrections Gregg Marcantel and an attack on rookie officer Aaron Purto. The stakes for these rookies are higher than ever and any mistake could be deadly.
“Behind Bars: Rookie Year” expands its territory to Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility, a prison that has seen two murders in the last 18 months among its inmates, 85% of whom are involved in gangs within the compound. There, Lilly Rodriguez has wanted to be in law enforcement ever since she was a kid but is consistently underestimated for her size; she stands at five feet tall, 102 pounds and is required to wear a child-sized stab vest. At the Western New Mexico facility, CO Christian Sandoval recently gave up a rodeo scholarship for a steadier paycheck but questions his decision when he is tasked with overseeing Level 3 inmates, the majority of whom have life sentences and nothing to lose. And at the Penitentiary of New Mexico featured in Season One, COs Andrew Cordova, Cohen Mangin and the seemingly meek Ariel Montoya become more confident in their positions.
Tonight, according to A&E, on the Season Premiere of “Behind Bars: Rookie Year”:
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.
“60 Days In” is produced by Lucky 8 TV for A&E Network. Executive producers for Lucky 8 TV are Gregory Henry, Kimberly Woodard, Isaac Holub and Jeff Grogan. Executive producers for A&E Networks are Elaine Frontain Bryant, Shelly Tatro, Drew Tappon and Brad Holcman.
“Behind Bars: Rookie Year” is produced by Lucky 8 TV for A&E Network. Executive producers for Lucky 8 TV are Gregory Henry, Kimberly Woodard, Isaac Holub and Jon Hirsch. Executive producers for A&E Networks are Drew Tappon and Brad Holcman.
The Season Two Premiere of “Behind Bars: Rookie Year” airs tonight, Thursday, August 25 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The new season of “60 Days In” continues as well, airing in its regular timeslot at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
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