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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  • Altcourse IMB highlight the impact of staffing shortages on the effective running of the prison

    The Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) at HMP Altcourse has published its Annual Report points include: The consequences of fewer staff have been felt throughout the prison, particularly within the Offender Management Unit and in the provision of education and pursuit of vocational qualifications Continuing concern regarding the presence of drugs, particularly New Psychoactive Substances, and … Read more >

  • Further challenges at HMP Swansea says IMB

    The Independent Monitoring Board at HMP Swansea has published its Annual Report for the year ending 31st May 2015. In the Report, the IMB recognises the continuing challenges faced by the Governor and staff and acknowledges the efforts and initiatives which have been introduced to address them. The IMB identifies areas of concern as well … Read more >

  • IMB gives HMP Ashfield seal of approval

    HMP Ashfield, just 8 miles from Bath, has received another highly complimentary report from the Independent Monitoring Board, only a year after an equally positive report from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons. The IMB’s report, published on 20 October, concludes that “it is a well-run prison which houses prisoners safely and securely but also with … Read more >

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