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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  • IMB calls for improvements in the provision of social care at Heathrow IRCs

    The Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) at Heathrow Immigration Removal Centres (IRC) today published their Annual Report for 2015. This is the first report produced after the amalgamation of the Colnbrook and Harmondsworth IRCs and IMBs into the new combined Heathrow IRC and IMB, the largest IRC in the detention estate. The issue of most concern … Read more >

  • Gartree IMB annual report highlights a range of concerns

    The annual report for 2015 published by the Independent Monitoring Board at HMP Gartree highlights concerns about the quality and quantity of work available to prisoners; property losses, especially during transfers from other prisons; and the use of ‘legal highs’. The Governor has requested a review of staffing levels to meet increasing demands being placed … Read more >

  • High Down IMB annual report published

    Like every prison in the country, HMP High Down, in Surrey, has an Independent Monitoring Board (IMB), a group of lay people who monitor all aspects of prison life to ensure that prisoners are treated with ‘fairness and decency’. The IMB have just published their annual report for 2015, which describes both the good work … Read more >

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