In prison staff can get away with putting prohibitions on almost anything, in the name of Security. Claims of bats and spiked poles made out of paper, keeps a person from getting a sufficient amount of paper. An inmate must recycle staples and scotch tape. Isolation is a vacuum where a prisoner has one tool that’s a lifeline to survival. It’s a flex pen. A small, weak pen that holds little ink and cannot take too much pressure or it’ll bend. Officers say they are adequate but refuse to use them. Many staff say it’s a punishment for being in isolation in our Federal prisons. I don’t see it as anything but a tool for my resilience. A flex pen is better than no pen, and besides due to security, I’m not permitted to possess mighty swords.