IMB members are independent, unpaid and work an average of 2-3 days per month. Their role is to monitor the day-to-day life in their local prison or removal centre and ensure that proper standards of care and decency are maintained.

To see a map of prison establishments use the Prison Finder

Read more about us

About us

Inside every prison, immigration removal centre and some short term holding facilities at airports, there is an Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) – a group of ordinary members of the public doing an extraordinary job.

Learn more >

Latest news

  • Holloway IMB publish their last annual report

    The decision to close HMP/YOI Holloway was announced on 25 November 2015 and the last prisoners left the prison on 17 June 2016. The closure of the prison meant the loss of well-established and effective teams which had a depth of experience engaging with safer custody, mental and physical health and substance misuse. There is … Read more >

  • Swinfen Hall continues to provide a safe, respectful and decent environment

    The Independent Monitoring Board for HMP & YOI Swinfen Hall, which is located on the outskirts of Lichfield, has produced its Annual Report for the period from May 2015 to April 2016 as required by Statute. The Board is again pleased to recognise the good standards of the work carried out by the Governors and … Read more >

  • Staffing shortages and availability of drugs still the key concerns at Rochester

    The Independent Monitoring Board at HM Prison and Young Offenders Institution, Rochester has released its Annual Report for 2015-16. It makes the following points: The Board considers that HMP and YOI Rochester continues to provide a generally safe and decent environment for prisoners, despite Government budget reductions. The Board retains the view that staff deal … Read more >

More news >

Latest media