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 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 Ashfield stands out as a high performing prison

    In their 2017-18 annual report the IMB at HMP Ashfield note that Ashfield: is a very safe and secure prison where prisoners are treated with respect, decency and humanity; benefits from strong leadership and a culture of continuous improvement which have delivered significant improvements in the last twelve months; and fulfils its role very well … Read more >

  • HMP Birmingham turning the corner

    The Independent Monitoring Board at HMP Birmingham believe that the prison is making early progress following the takeover of the prison by HMPPS in facing up to significant challenges. Their report for the period July 2017 – June 2018 highlights and, in some cases restates from previous reports, the concerns that have led to HMPPS … Read more >

  • Whatton 2017-18 annual report published today

    Read the report in full here.

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