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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  • 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 >

  • Deplorable delays to improvements at Heathrow Airport for passengers held for immigration purposes

    Contact: 07738 717265 Progress in achieving much-needed improvements to the accommodation at Heathrow Airport in which passengers are held for immigration purposes has been strongly criticised. Heathrow Airport Independent Monitoring Board (IMB), in its Annual Report, describes the delays as deplorable. Both Heathrow Airport Limited and the Home Office agreed in 2012 that the holding … Read more >

  • Restricted regime still in place after two years, says IMB Board at HMP/YOI Isis

    The Independent Monitoring Board at HMP/YOI Isis today publishes its 2014 Annual Report. The Board’s primary message is about the underuse of the prison’s training facilities as a result of the continuing shortage of prison officers. A restricted regime, severely limiting the time offenders can spend at work or in education, has been in place … Read more >

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