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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  • HMP Send Annual Report published

    The Independent Monitoring Board for HMP Send today publishes its report to the Secretary of State for Justice for the year to 31 March 2015. The Board reports that it considers HMP Send to be a good and well-run prison where prisoners are treated justly and humanely. The Board raises the concern that the national … Read more >

  • HMP Littlehey – A good year but…

    The Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) reports that the prison at Littlehey faced yet another year of change, transferring out its 18 – 21 year old Young Offenders and replacing that population with people convicted of sexual offences. This made HMP Littlehey one of the largest sex offender prisons in the country. The Board recognises that … Read more >

  • Somewhat turbulent year, says IMB Board at Nottingham Prison

    Press Release 6 July 2014 HMP Nottingham – Independent Monitoring Board ANNUAL REPORT 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 2015. The Report focuses on a somewhat turbulent year within the prison and … Read more >

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