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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  • Knock down Pentonville and start again or urgently upgrade the building, say IMB

    The Annual Report for 2016 is published today by the Independent Monitoring Board at HMP Pentonville. Knock down Pentonville and start again, or urgently upgrade the decrepit, 174 year-old building if the new threats plaguing prisons up and down the land – ‘Spice’ and drones – are to be tackled. That’s the stark message being delivered … Read more >

  • Rye Hill – now a more settled prison, say IMB

    In its annual report on HM Prison Rye Hill, the IMB draws attention to the progress the prison has made over the reporting period April 2015 – March 2016.  This has been a year of consolidation following the re-role of the prison to a sex offender only establishment. There has been a stable Senior Management … Read more >

  • Erlestoke IMB draws attention to the impact of the reduction in funding

    The Annual Report compiled by the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) for HMP Erlestoke was published on the 21st July 2016. The report drew the Secretary of State’s attention to the reduction of funding resulting in effects such as reduction in staffing levels, increased numbers and length of ‘lock downs’, delays in necessary repairs to the … Read more >

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