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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  • Overcrowding and staff shortages lead to high levels of stress at Bedford prison

    Chronic levels of overcrowding and staff shortages at Bedford Prison have been associated with increasing risk of self-harm and volatility among prisoners according to the annual report of the Independent Monitoring Board. Officers have increasingly resorted to Control & Restraint techniques to manage difficult prisoners leading to high levels of stress for all concerned. An … Read more >

  • Reduced staffing levels limit the success of HMP Brixton’s resettlement role

    HMP Brixton has made good progress in consolidating its training and resettlement goals during the last year. In its annual report the prison’s Independent Monitoring Board commends the range of accredited training now available, much of it leading directly to local employment; the continuing opportunities for Category D prisoners to work outside the prison prior … Read more >

  • Moorland IMB volunteer talks about her work on the BBC radio

    IMB volunteer for HMP Moorland, Jane Morgan, was recently interviewed on BBC Radio Sheffield. Jane speaks about why she decided to become an IMB volunteer and explains in more detail what the role involves. Listen to Jane’s short interview with BBC Radio Sheffield’s Rony Robinson.  

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