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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  • Exemplary ethos praised at HMP Durham, but ongoing problems persist

    In its annual report the Independent Monitoring Board congratulated the Governor and staff on the fact that despite low staffing levels and serious crowding the prison has been relatively peaceful.  They note again that most cells hold two prisoners despite being designed for single occupancy.   There are major difficulties in recruiting nurses (employed by … Read more >

  • Top marks endorsement at East Sutton Park

    ‘East Sutton Park is a successful and effective open prison and the staff are to be commended for the way they encourage the women to make the most of their time there. Given the length of their stay at ESP, the women are given the best opportunity to prepare for life after release’, says the … Read more >

  • Drake Hall prison committed to preparing women for release

    The Independent Monitoring Board’s 2015/16 Annual Report for Her Majesty’s Prison and Young Offender Institution Drake Hall has been submitted to the Minister of Justice. HMP & YOI Drake Hall is a closed prison for women and is situated in rural Staffordshire, about a mile from the town of Eccleshall and 10 miles from Stafford. The prison has a … Read more >

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