Prison scening is a type of sexual role-playing activity where the participants act out a scene that could take place in a prison. During prison scening, participants may take on the roles of prisoners, prison guards, or other people in a prison setting.
The term prison scening is most commonly practiced in BDSM-style role playing, but vanilla couples may also role play with prison scenarios.
The two most common types of prison scening involve interactions between prisoners and between a prisoner and their prison guard. Since prisons are typically same-sex communities, a prison scene involving two or more prisoners is ideally suited to same-sex role playing. The taboo nature of relationships between prisoners and the desperation they might feel while away from the comforts of the outside world, help drive this fantasy.
During a prison scene involving a prisoner and a guard, the prisoner may be completely under the control of the prison guard. The prisoner might seduce the guard to gain liberties, or allow the guard to "take advantage of them" to avoid further punishment. Alternatively, the prison guard could punish the prisoner for their indiscretions. The measure of dependency involved in this scenario is what makes it so erotic.
During prison scening, participants might wish to designate an area to be used as a cell. The “prisoner” may be sent to the cell as punishment or to humiliate them.
Prison scening can also be a way of satisfying a uniform fetish, as prisoners and prison guards typically wear uniforms.
As with all role playing activities, prison scening should be a consensual activity, freely entered into by all participants, even when the fantasies contain non-consensual content. A safe word should be established prior to prison scening, to ensure that the role playing never goes too far.