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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  • Erlestoke IMB draws attention to the impact of the reduction in funding

    The Annual Report compiled by the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) for HMP Erlestoke was published on the 21st July 2016. The report drew the Secretary of State’s attention to the reduction of funding resulting in effects such as reduction in staffing levels, increased numbers and length of ‘lock downs’, delays in necessary repairs to the … Read more >

  • Send IMB raise concern about facilities management and rehabilitation services

    The Independent Monitoring Board for HMP Send today publishes its report to the Secretary of State for Justice for the year to 31 March 2016. The Board reports that it is satisfied that HMP Send is a well-run prison that treats its prisoners justly and humanely. It is a prison where all prisoners, with the … Read more >

  • Slow progress in making improvements to the holding rooms at Heathrow STHF

    In its annual report published today, the IMB for Heathrow short term holding facility welcomes the fact that work has now started on the rebuilding and refurbishment of some of the terminals’ holding rooms, although the wait to get to this point has been disappointing. However, it repeats itsrecommendation from previous years that there is … Read more >

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