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 prisoners and detainees are treated fairly and humanely.

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Board reporting during Covid-19

Boards will continue to monitor both prisons and immigration detention during the current pandemic. Much of this will necessarily be remote monitoring, though where it is safe and possible to do so, members may carry out limited visiting within Public Health England guidelines. They will provide feedback regularly to local managers and via the National Chair, to HMPPS, the Home Office and ministers. They will also continue to issue annual reports, including the impact of COVID-19 where reports cover that period. We will continue to publish Boards’ annual reports, but due to the current pressures on both the immigration detention and prison estates, IMBs accept that some recommendations will not be able to be actioned in current circumstances.

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    The 2019-20 annual report for Feltham is now published.

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    In its annual report, the Warren Hill IMB notes that the prison feels safe for prisoners and staff dialogue between staff and prisoners is strong with the residents’ council providing opportunities to raise concerns and the progression regime has continued to provide prisoners with opportunities to demonstrate reduction in their risk and to have good … Read more >

  • Prisoners help create better environment; rigorous COVID-19 regime in place.

    In its annual report for 1 June 2019 to 31 May 2020, the Wormwood Scrubs IMB notes the improvements in physical conditions for some men and the strong initiatives to make the prison safe. A well devised and implemented COVID-19 regime was put in place in March to protect all living and working within the … Read more >

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