A&E is yet to renew Behind Bars: Rookie Year for Season 3

The release date for Behind Bars: Rookie Year Season 3 — Pending

This article has the most up-to-date info on the status of Behind Bars: Rookie Year Season 3 as we continuously monitor the news to keep you in the know. A&E is yet to make a decision on its future. Subscribe to our automatic updates below.

Basic info and plot

Behind Bars: Rookie Year is a new American documentary television series that delves into he world of rookie correction offers during their first year on the job inside one of America’s most perilous prisons. Produced by Lucky 8 TV production company for A&E Network, season 1 of the show premiered on August 6, 2015, and season 2 followed on August 25, 2016.

Filmed at the Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe, the groundbreaking docu-series highlights one of the most dangerous jobs in New Mexico. As novice correctional officers try to deal with frustrating situations and criminals that think they know it all, viewers gain a glimpse at what its really like to work in an environment full of felons.

In season 1 of Behind Bars: Rookie Year, viewers meet new officers Zach, Francisco, Andrew, Cohen, Keith, Carlos, Bruce, Tyler and Ariel, one of only four women in cadet training. Some recruits seem cocky and tough at first, but officer Aaron Bell lets them know right away that they will be stepping into the prisoners` house and need to develop the tools to defend themselves against inmates and assert their authority. Most of the guards are taking the job because they want a career in law enforcement, others just need to make ends meet, while still others have dreamt of this their whole life.

Viewership and renewal potential

New Mexico Corrections Department rookie correctional officers have stepped into the spotlight of the second season. Several facilities are portrayed, and the range of dangers and challenges that these officers face is astounding. Season 2 premiered to 0.94 million viewers and a 0.4 rating, down to 0.77 and 0.72 million and 0.34 and 0.31 rating for episodes 2 and 3, respectively. Fans will need to stay tuned to find out whether there is a third season of Behind Bars: Rookie Year coming up. So far A&E has made no statements regarding a possible renewal.

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