According to info got by StampNews.com on August 7, 2014, An Post issued four new stamps commemorating the contribution of the servants 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
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.
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 projected by Zinc Design Consultants and show the core objectives of the Irish Prison Service: Care and Custody, Rehabilitation, Restorative Justice and Education.