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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  • 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 >

  • Much to commend about HMP Dartmoor, say IMB

    The Independent Monitoring Board at HMP Dartmoor, a Category C prison for up to 640 adult male prisoners, has published its Annual Report for 2015. Despite working under a threat of closure (the government announced in 2014 that it was entering negotiations with the Duchy of Cornwall to terminate the prison’s lease leading to its … Read more >

  • East Sutton Park – a successful and effective prison, say IMB

    East Sutton Park continues to be a successful and effective prison, despite budget constraints and continued threat of closure, says the Independent Monitoring Board at East Sutton Park open prison for women, as their latest Annual Report is published. The Board highlights the achievements of the establishment which has just 100 places for women and … Read more >

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