A figure of sexual sounds and imagery builds off each other using the claustrophobia of a penitentiary setting to serve as a sounding board. Lewd Conduct successfully fuses the obligatory cinema imagery of prison pictures without itself becoming predictable. It's stuff we've seen before -- the guards hungrily interacting with the inmates, the little mirrors the inmates use to scan the corridors, the squalid cells, etc., but it's not until you see these things under the control of a real director that you notice how they can create real sexual heat.
West makes excellent use of stock footage to make his scruffy cast come off both realistic and overly masculine. Ted Cox, as the obligatory new inmate, largely makes up for the lack of "prettiness" in the cast by being three times more lovely than anyone deserves.
Lewd Conduct will no doubt stand as the definitive 'gay' prison video.