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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  • Slow progress in making improvements to the holding rooms at Heathrow STHF

    In its annual report published today, the IMB for Heathrow short term holding facility welcomes the fact that work has now started on the rebuilding and refurbishment of some of the terminals’ holding rooms, although the wait to get to this point has been disappointing. However, it repeats itsrecommendation from previous years that there is … Read more >

  • Parc IMB publish another positive report

    The Independent Monitoring Board at HMP& YOI Parc Bridgend, the largest prison in the UK, publishes its annual report today. Once again the Annual Report from the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) at HMP & YOU Parc is a positive one and reflects the hard work and commitment of both staff and prisoners in such a … Read more >

  • A more stable regime introduced at HMP Nottingham

    The Independent Monitoring Board for Nottingham Prison today publishes its Report to the Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice for the year to the end of February 2016. During the year a more stable and sustainable regime has been introduced which has had the effect of increasing attendances at work and education, with … Read more >

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