Thursday, February 19, 2015

Ireland 2014
The Irish Prison Service (IPS)

ISSUE DATE: 7 August 2014
NOMINAL VALUE: 4 x 0.68 € (Block)
STAMP DESIGN: Zinc Design Consultants
STAMP SIZE: 51.46mm x 30mm
COLOUR: Multicolour with phosphor tagging
LAYOUT: Sheetlets of 16
PERFORATIONS: 13.25 x 13.25
PRINTER: Irish Security Stamp Printing Ltd.
An Post PRODUCT No.: 141468ST

On August 7, 2014, An Post issued four new stamps marking the contribution of the men and women of the Irish Prison Service.

The Irish Prison Service (IPS) is a key arm of the criminal justice system. It encompasses fourteen institutions which deal with male offenders from 17 years of age, and female offenders aged 18 or over. Its mission is to provide safe and secure custody as well as dignity of care and rehabilitation to prisoners. It also seeks to make a positive contribution to public safety and to provide a safer community for all through a prison service firmly grounded in respect for human dignity.

Today, the Irish Prison Service has responsibility for 14 prisons and places of detention; a staff of just over 3,400, and daily average prisoner population of over 4,000 prisoners. While the custodial function of the IPS may be the one which commands most public attention, there is also a very strong emphasis on prisoner care and rehabilitation, with the overall aim of encouraging and supporting prisoners to live purposeful and law abiding lives on release.

The service pursues these aims through the provision of a range of educational, training, health and psychological services provided directly by the IPS or in partnership with external bodies. Care for prisoners doesn’t necessarily end when their sentences are completed. A range of services and supports specifically aimed at assisting prisoners resettle into life outside of the system are available. These services include assistance with finding accommodation, as well as training in soft skills areas such as personal effectiveness and self-advocacy, and help in finding employment upon release.

The stamps were designed by Zinc Design Consultants and feature the core objectives of the Irish Prison Service: Care and Custody, Rehabilitation, Restorative Justice and Education.

The four game icon stamps to be issued by An Post were designed by Zinc Design Consultants, the Dublin-based award-winning graphic design studio.