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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  • A decline in the number of violent incidents, say Elmley IMB

    HMP Elmley is the local prison for the whole of Kent, housing remand and sentenced prisoners both adult and young offenders, and has an Operational Capacity of 1252 prisoners. Occupancy in the year 2014 was constantly at the maximum level. The prison continues to house large numbers of vulnerable prisoners, Foreign Nationals, those with Drug … Read more >

  • Latest report from Dovegate IMB

    The Independent Monitoring Board at HMP Dovegate issues its Annual Report today, the fifteenth since the prison opened in 2001. It covers the twelve-month period to the end of September, 2015. IMBs are made up of people from all backgrounds and walks of life whose role is to monitor the treatment of those held in … Read more >

  • IMBs launch a new National Monitoring Framework

    Independent Monitoring Boards (IMB), an organisation made up of volunteers appointed by the Secretary of State to keep a watch on standards in custody and detention, have recently launched their first ever National Monitoring Framework. This Framework sets the standards and procedures for all IMBs across the country. It promotes a consistent approach, with examples … Read more >

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