IMB members are independent, unpaid and work an average of 3-4 visits 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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  • John Thornhill OBE

      John Thornhill’s term as the President of the National Council for Independent Monitoring Boards came to an end in May 2017. Having been appointed as President in July 2013, John has led IMBs through a time of significant change and has overseen several important developments to strengthen our operations and influence. We thank him … Read more >

  • High level of violent incidents and impact of New Psychoactive Substances made 2016 a very challenging year at Leeds Prison, IMB reports

    The Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) at HMP Leeds has today published its report for 2016, raising concerns about the high level of violence and instances of self-harm despite the commendable efforts of officers. During 2016, the Prison operated at or close to its Operational Capacity of 1218 prisoners.   In common with many prisons, there were … Read more >

  • Illegal substances continue to cause problems at HMP Gartree, IMB reports

    As in other prisons, illegal drugs such as Spice get into HMP Gartree and are a major contributory factor in incidences of violence, bullying and debt. It even finds its way into the Segregation Unit where, as elsewhere, regulations limit the extent of body searches for items such as drugs, mobile phones and lighters etc. … Read more >

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