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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  • IMB statement on the Urgent Notification procedure action plan at HMP Nottingham

    The Independent Monitoring Board at HMP Nottingham shares the concerns raised by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, and particularly in relation to safety and high levels of self-harm at the prison. Since publication of our most recent report in July 2017, our concerns grew following the deaths in custody in the autumn of 2017. Following … Read more >

  • IMB reflects on major change in role of HMP Durham to reception prison

    In its annual report for the period 2016/17 the IMB reports that the prison has adapted well to a major change in role to that of a reception prison. The Board reflects that whilst many issues have arisen, they have in the main been addressed effectively. The planning for this change commenced at the beginning … Read more >

  • IMB reports good progress at HMP Dovegate in 2016/17

    The Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) at HMP Dovegate, a private prison run by Serco, reports on the positive progress made during 2016/17: assaults, violent incidents and self-harm had significantly reduced from the previous year staffing levels were maintained at maximum the smoking ban was successfully implemented following an inquiry, there had been a review of … Read more >

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