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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  • Bullingdon 2018/19 annual report published

      Anti-violence measures are a step forward against rising attacks on staff and prisoners, says IMB Bullingdon   In their 2018-19 annual report, independent monitors highlight concerns about safety risks to staff and prisoners, for the fourth consecutive year.   Prisoner-on-prisoner assaults and those by prisoners against officers and staff have risen in the last … Read more >

  • Bronzefield 2018/19 annual report published today

    In the 2018/19 annual report published today, independent monitors at Bronzefield find that prisoners are treated fairly and with respect at Bronzefield where the quality of relationships between staff and the prisoners is high. The Board has particularly welcomed   the introduction of the key worker scheme and the development of a high quality programme for … Read more >

  • The Verne 2018/19 annual report published

     Monitors compliment the staff on what has been achieved in the first year of operation as a prison for men convicted of sexual offences. Monitors who oversee the treatment of prisoners view with approval the rehabilitative regime which has been established.  They commend the dedication and professionalism of the staff. In its annual report pulished … Read more >

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