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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  • Winchester 2016-17 annual report published today

    Read the report in full here.

  • IMB Brixton 2016-17 Annual Report reissued

    The Independent Monitoring Board at HMP Brixton has today amended and reissued its 2016-17 Annual Report, in relation to comments about the Clink restaurant.   A visitor planning to eat in the restaurant was arrested in September 2016 after being found in possession of unauthorised items.  The restaurant was not found to be a source … Read more >

  • Brinsford 2016-17 annual report published today

    IMB Brinsford’s report for the period from August 2016 to July 2017 has been published today. Their report highlights that: the shortage of staff from October 2016 to July 2017 put pressure on the prison regime resulting in a lack of education and other activities. This meant prisoners were spending too much time in their … Read more >

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