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.

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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.

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  • Final Cedars report outlines recommendations for future PDA

    The Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) for Cedars PDA (Pre-Departure Accommodation) publishes its annual report. Their report describes much good work that has been done to care for and support those who have been resident in the centre. It also raises some concerns and makes recommendations for the new Gatwick PDA. This is the final report, … Read more >

  • Plans to create 5,000 modern prison places in Wales

    Prisons Minister Sam Gyimah has today unveiled plans for the building of a new prison in South Wales – creating hundreds of modern prison places and replacing old and overcrowded establishments with new, fit for purpose buildings. Port Talbot has been earmarked for a new development as part of the Government’s commitment to build up … Read more >

  • Safety concerns at HMP Haverigg, Cumbria

    KEY REPORT OUTCOMES The combination of reduced staff resources and the loss of experienced officers with the tension of increased use of illegal drugs has been a major focus of concern to the IMB. The board has seen evidence that illicit drug use by prisoners leads in turn to debt, bullying and violence; some of … Read more >

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