Behind Bars: Rookie Year


Rookie CO Ariel Montoya

When Ariel Montoya pictured what she would be when she grew up, a corrections officer was never on the list. Ariel recently moved to New Mexico in search of a Family Studies degree at UNM. But after listening to her brother's constant stories about his job at the Penitentiary of New Mexico, she decided to take a leap of faith and give it a shot - much to the dismay of the rest of her family.   The path to CO isn't an easy one. Ariel admits she doesn't quite know what she's gotten herself into. A delicate woman with a soft, high-pitched voice, Ariel has never come in contact with an inmate before - or even set foot in a prison - but she is determined to succeed.