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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  • Night time transfers between Immigration Removal Centres cause concern

    The Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) at Colnbrook IRC published their Annual Report for 2014 at the end of March.. During 2014 there has been a change to both the Contractor operating the Centre and the Healthcare Provider, and during the last 4 months of 2014 this resulted in some disruption to the smooth running of … Read more >

  • IMB Member awarded MBE

    Lou, an IMB volunteer

    Lou Lockhart-Mummery was awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours List for services to prisoners and detainees.  Lou was Chair of the IMB at HMP Wormwood Scrubs during a difficult time there and was later on the Board at HMP Portland. In 2007 she became a founder member of Heathrow IMB and its first … Read more >

  • IMB Board at HMP Gartree highlights concerns about prisoner movements

    The annual report for 2014 published by the Independent Monitoring Board at HMP Gartree, highlights concerns about prisoner movement between different prisons and other establishments (secure hospitals.) The prison system continues to lack the ability to move challenging prisoners to more suitable environments. This is the third year we have raised this issue for the … Read more >

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