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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  • Inadequate staffing is damaging morale and relationships with prisoners at Bullingdon

    Staff shortages are damaging morale, eroding relationships with prisoners and may relate to a rise in violence and indiscipline within the prison, according to The Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) at HMP Bullingdon. The Board is concerned about increasing difficulties in recruiting and retaining sufficient officers to maintain levels defined as acceptable by the Prison Service. … Read more >

  • Homeless women leaving prison contributes to reoffending, say Bronzefield IMB

    The Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) for HMP/YOI Bronzefield have published their Annual Report for 2015 – 2016. Many of the staff across the prison go above and beyond what would normally be expected when providing help and support to the many vulnerable women in prison. Since the closure of HMP Holloway the number of prisoners … Read more >

  • Serious concerns about the impact of staff shortages at HMP Bristol

    The report, based on the Bristol Board’s monitoring through 2015-16, records a number of serious concerns, most of which have arisen from under-resourcing, particularly among front line staff. The Board’s two previous Annual Reports raised with Ministers their increasing concern at the adverse impact of significantly reduced staffing levels on the regime and on relationships … Read more >

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