IMB members are independent, unpaid and work an average of 3-4 visits per month. Their role is to monitor the day-to-day life in their local prison or removal centre and ensure that prisoners and detainees are treated fairly and humanely.

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Board reporting during Covid-19

Boards will continue to monitor both prisons and immigration detention during the current pandemic. Much of this will necessarily be remote monitoring, though where it is safe and possible to do so, members may carry out limited visiting within Public Health England guidelines. They will provide feedback regularly to local managers and via the National Chair, to HMPPS, the Home Office and ministers. They will also continue to issue annual reports, including the impact of COVID-19 where reports cover that period. We will continue to publish Boards’ annual reports, but due to the current pressures on both the immigration detention and prison estates, IMBs accept that some recommendations will not be able to be actioned in current circumstances.

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  • Lincoln 2019 annual report published

    The Independent Monitoring Board at HMP Lincoln report improvements in some areas of the prison but still have concerns.   The annual report for 2019 from the Independent Monitoring Board at Lincoln highlights that the prison was well-run, with a positive emphasis on the humane treatment of prisoners and are pleased to note the steady … Read more >

  • Hewell Grange 2019/20 annual report published

      A well-managed and humane closure of an unsatisfactory establishment at The Grange, HMP Hewell    Longstanding deficiencies at The Grange, HMP Hewell have been frequently reported – not least by HMIP who described the living conditions there as the worst seen in this type of establishment. After the announcement in October 2019 of its … Read more >

  • Isle of Wight 2019 annual report now published

    The 2019 IMB annual report on HMP Isle of Wight has identified ten areas of improvement, including:   Equalities management. Prisoner-led forums. Reduction in discrimination incident reports.   The board believes that these, together with a significant improvement in the prison complaints process, demonstrate a commitment to ensure that all prisoners are treated equitably.   … Read more >

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