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 Exeter report stresses safety concerns

    The Independent Monitoring Board for HMP Exeter has published its Annual Report for 2016. This concludes that the prison is a well-run establishment in which staff make a genuine effort to treat inmates with dignity and respect. However, in 2016 safety has been compromised by a number of pressures on the prison, especially low staff … Read more >

  • Tinsley House IMB publish first report since re-opening of IRC

    The Independent Monitoring Board for Tinsley House today published its annual report for 2016. The Board is made up of a team of volunteers who visit regularly.  We are pleased to report that Tinsley House re-opened in May 2017 with some very positive improvements in facilities for detainees. There are some areas, such as education, … Read more >

  • Improvements at Yarl’s Wood, but still some concerns, says IMB

    The Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) for Yarl’s Wood IRC publishes its annual report for 2016 today,  highlighting improvements at the Immigration Centre but at the same time identifying areas of concern. According to the IMB’s report, the Centre on the whole caters well for a large variety of residents from around the world, often with … Read more >

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