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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  • Prison Minister Sam Gyimah’s speech at the IMB National Conference

    Minister for Prisons, Probation and Rehabilitation, Sam Gyimah, gave the following speech at our Annual IMB National Conference: Introduction – recognition of IMB role ”I am delighted to be here at this Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) National Conference and to have the opportunity to meet so many of you. You give up your time week … Read more >

  • Eastwood Park Prison Report submitted to Secretary of State highlights concerns

    Eastwood Park’s Independent Monitoring Board, the body that monitors the day-to-day life in the prison, has recently published its Annual Report for 2015/16. The report, which is submitted to the Secretary of State for Justice, highlights concerns at the prison, including a number of deaths and a rise in violence and self-harm. The report, which … Read more >

  • Final Cedars report outlines recommendations for future PDA

    The Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) for Cedars PDA (Pre-Departure Accommodation) publishes its annual report. Their report describes much good work that has been done to care for and support those who have been resident in the centre. It also raises some concerns and makes recommendations for the new Gatwick PDA. This is the final report, … Read more >

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