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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  • A well-run centre and dedicated staff facing a challenging year, IMB Morton Hall reports

    The Independent Monitoring Board believes that Morton Hall continues to be a well-run immigration removal centre whose staff at all levels are dedicated, conscientious and extremely hard-working. The Lincolnshire charity, Children’s Links, makes a significant contribution to the good welfare provision for detainees and their families. During 2016 education, purposeful activities and learning opportunities provided … Read more >

  • The IMB at HMP High Down report on a challenging operational year for the prison

    HMP High Down was announced as a Reform prison in April 2016, effective during June/July 2016, together with the appointment of an Executive Governor. However, the prison is yet to see any significant changes.   2016 has been a challenging year.  The early part of the year saw a period of approximately 4 months where … Read more >

  • Applications for the IMB National Chair have now closed

    The deadline for applications was 12 noon, 3rd April. There has been a good response- thank you to all who have applied. You can find out more about the new governance arrangements, and what will happen when, here.

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