The emblem’s main image shows a tree that has grown crooked, but which is sustained by a strong mast. The image is symbolic. The tree is a representation of individual human life, which, due to certain unfortunate circumstances, grows twisted and warped. This is the experience of most prisoners and their families. The mast is a representation of Mid-Dlam ghad-Dawl that offers its organised and structured services to help the hapless tree to return to its original straightening. The image, then, symbolises Mid-Dlam ghad-Dawl mission and work.
Though the interpretation of this central image is somewhat original, the image itself is not. It appeared in a book published by Nicholas Andry, L’Orthopedie, published in 1741. Originally, it was meant to represent the aid given to children suffering from orthopedic problems. Michel Foucault, however, in his famous book Surveiller et Punir, gave it a much wider meaning, especially in relation to any activity somehow related to rehabilitative work, particularly that done with prisoners.
Before the introduction of this new emblem, for seven years, since 1995, Mid-Dlam ghad Dawl had used another one that had shown the organisation’s name with sort of rays of light beaming throughout the rectangular image down from the upper left-hand corner. This emblem had been designed by George Busuttil.
Like in the former emblem, this new one retains the organisation’s name incorporated in the image. However, the name does not take a central position. This is reserved for the mission’s image. The name is made to surrounded this image in a circular shape.