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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  • Lindholme IMB publish their annual report

    HMP Lindholme is a Category C Male Working prison and members of the Independent Monitoring Board are in a privileged position being able to visit all areas of the establishment, which they do on a Rotational basis. Being designated a Working prison it is essential at HMP Lindholme that prisoners become accustomed to the ethos … Read more >

  • Good standards at well-run Gatwick immigration centres

    Two centres for people detained under immigration laws near Gatwick Airport received their annual report from independent monitors this week, reporting that the facilities are well-run and that detainees are treated “humanely and fairly”. Combined figures reported by monitors show that Brook House and Tinsley House, which are both managed by security company G4S, looked … Read more >

  • 2015 was another challenging year for HMP Lincoln

    The independent monitoring board (IMB) for HMP Lincoln has sent its annual report for the period 1st February 2015 to the 31st January 2016. To the Ministry of Justice. Every prison has an IMB attached to it whose role is to ensure that Home Office rules and regulations are properly applied and that proper standards … Read more >

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