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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  • Staffing shortages and availability of drugs still the key concerns at Rochester

    The Independent Monitoring Board at HM Prison and Young Offenders Institution, Rochester has released its Annual Report for 2015-16. It makes the following points: The Board considers that HMP and YOI Rochester continues to provide a generally safe and decent environment for prisoners, despite Government budget reductions. The Board retains the view that staff deal … Read more >

  • Portland prison had a challenging year

    The prison had a challenging year. The Governor, Senior Management Team and staff are commended in the Report for their determination to provide a safe and decent regime for the prisoners in the face of spells of unrest and a number of disruptive incidents. These difficulties are largely caused by problems outside the prison’s control:- … Read more >

  • Challenges remain at local sex offender hub, say Stafford IMB

    When Stafford Prison re-roled to a Sex Offender Hub last year, the local volunteers who form their IMB (Independent Monitoring Board) reported on their initial “good start” and wished them well in helping a new type of prisoner to lead a safe and useful life in the community. However, more than a full year later, … Read more >

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