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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  • Encouraged by the progress made but some concerns remain, say Winchester IMB

    The Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) at Her Majesty’s Prison Winchester has published its Annual Report for the year ending 31st May 2015. Under the continuing strong leadership of the Governing Governor, Mr David Rogers, improvements have progressed from a low base a few years ago. The IMB’s Chairman, John Tainton, commented: “We are encouraged by … Read more >

  • Squalid conditions, limited purposeful activity for prisoners and an unacceptable level of violence, say Pentonville IMB

    The annual report of the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) of Her Majesty’s Prison Pentonville, published today, highlights the IMB’s concern at the state of the prison following cuts in its budget. The report comments that Reduced staffing levels following budget cuts have led to restrictions in the prison regime and to lower staff morale. There … Read more >

  • Wormwood Scrubs IMB publish their annual report

    1 Wormwood Scrubs prison has had an emergency restricted regime during the reporting year. This has meant that there has been more predictability in the regime compared with the previous dismal year. There is, however, a very serious downside to this arrangement. 2 Essentially approximately half of Wormwood Scrubs prisoners are locked in their cells … Read more >

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