A&E will begin airing a docuseries on rookie corrections officers next month.
Behind Bars: Rookie Year (pictured), which premieres on the U.S. cable network on August 6 at 10 p.m. EST/PST, will follow new recruits during their first year of work at the maximum-security men’s prison, the Penitentiary of New Mexico (PNM).
The officers must deal with convicted murderers, rapists and gang members while undergoing a rigorous training program at the New Mexico Corrections Academy. With 850 inmates – around 75% of whom are incarcerated for violent offenses – PNM is considered one of the most dangerous in America, according to the net.
In 1980, its cell block 4 was the scene of one of the most violent prison riots in American history. Over 36 hours, 33 inmates were killed and more than 200 – including 14 officers held hostage – were injured through beatings, rapes and stabbings.
“Corrections departments have one of the highest drop-out rates in the country, with nearly half of all rookies falling out before their one-year anniversary,” the network said in a statement. “The long hours, close proximity to unpredictable criminals, mind games and constant threat of bodily harm make it an intensely stressful career.”