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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  • HMP Littlehey – A good year but…

    The Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) reports that the prison at Littlehey faced yet another year of change, transferring out its 18 – 21 year old Young Offenders and replacing that population with people convicted of sexual offences. This made HMP Littlehey one of the largest sex offender prisons in the country. The Board recognises that … Read more >

  • Somewhat turbulent year, says IMB Board at Nottingham Prison

    Press Release 6 July 2014 HMP Nottingham – Independent Monitoring Board ANNUAL REPORT The Independent Monitoring Board for Nottingham Prison today publishes its Report to the Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice for the year to the end of February 2015. The Report focuses on a somewhat turbulent year within the prison and … Read more >

  • Deplorable delays to improvements at Heathrow Airport for passengers held for immigration purposes

    Contact: 07738 717265 Progress in achieving much-needed improvements to the accommodation at Heathrow Airport in which passengers are held for immigration purposes has been strongly criticised. Heathrow Airport Independent Monitoring Board (IMB), in its Annual Report, describes the delays as deplorable. Both Heathrow Airport Limited and the Home Office agreed in 2012 that the holding … Read more >

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