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

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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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  • Latest Board Annual Reports published

    The latest Annual Reports for the IMB boards listed below are now available to be read on the IMB web-site: Downview, Glen Parva, Guys Marsh, Holme House, Leeds, Lancaster Farms, Liverpool, Long Lartin, Northumberland, Glasgow & Edinburgh & Larne Short-Term Holding Facility (STHF), North & Midlands STHF, All current and previous IMB Annual Reports can … Read more >

  • Isle of Wight Volunteers’ Week, 2nd to 7th June

    Interested in volunteering at your local prison on the Isle of Wight? Do you enjoy working with people from all walks of life? Want to stand up for prisoners’ rights and give something back to your community? Why not become part of a dedicated IMB team near you! As part of Volunteers’ Week, you’ll have … Read more >

  • Night time transfers between Immigration Removal Centres cause concern

    The Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) at Colnbrook IRC published their Annual Report for 2014 at the end of March.. During 2014 there has been a change to both the Contractor operating the Centre and the Healthcare Provider, and during the last 4 months of 2014 this resulted in some disruption to the smooth running of … Read more >

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