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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  • The Wetherby IMB expresses concern with regard to the high level of violence

    The reporting year for Wetherby Independent Monitoring Board runs from 1st June 2015 to 31st May 2016 and in common with the other Young Offenders Institutes in the prison estate it has been a challenging one. There are about 250 young people between the ages of 15 and 18 who come from a very large … Read more >

  • Wakefield IMB praises prison’s efforts to rehabilitate prisoners

    The Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) for HMP Wakefield has just published its Report on the last year (1st May 2015 to April 30th 2016) to the Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice. HMP Wakefield is one of only eight High Security Prisons in the country. It manages around 750 prisoners, including many of … Read more >

  • Chronic prison staff shortages at HMP Wandsworth

    Chronic prison staff shortages had HMP Wandsworth engaged in a constant struggle to maintain basic standards. The Independent Monitoring Board at HMP Wandsworth publishes its 2015/16 (June to May) annual report today, 22nd September 2016. The prison was unable to provide a consistently safe and decent environment for its1600 prisoners. This was due to the … Read more >

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