So, this sorta came outta nowhere, but I was suddenly thinking about Bully... and how there's probably already a Bully game in development, annnnd it's probably going to be a college game. And that's cool! A new Bully fuck it sure whatever I'm game let's do it party on hard rock bro time.
However... I was recently thinking that it'd be potentially more interesting if there was to be a Bully game set in prison. I mean, when you think about it it would lend itself pretty well to the design of the original Bully. You'd have a set schedule, jobs to turn up to, subjects to maybe take up to increase your skills, and of course hardknock brawling... only now with more shivs. There's plenty of games out there where a prison is used as an environment, though games actually centred around the life and structure of prison are extremely rare. There's a few adventure games set during WWII at least... and there's The Suffering series, even if again the prison mostly serves as an environment, though it did at least use the psychology of being in prison to an OK effect. Then there's that Prison Architect too. But that's all I can recall.
So, yeah, it seems pretty simple when you think about it really. You could still have the same ''cliques'' stuff with all of the different gangs, and of course an overall reputation could build depending on how you act and react to said gangs; have it like Mercenaries style where you simply can't work with 'em all without pissing someone off. You could also engage in selling smokes or what have you for cash on the side, engage in unofficial fight club brawls orchestrated by crooked prison officers, engage in a lot of mundane minigames like washing dishes for dat social commentary, maybe design your own tattoos, and probably have some sort of epic jailbreak mission in there, too. One that should also end tragically because Crime Don't Pay, Son.
I guess to keep it with the teenage theme of the original, it could instead be set in a youth correctional facility instead, though I'd prefer if it was a straight-up hard-as-nails prison drama instead.