IMB members are independent, unpaid and work an average of 2-3 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.

To see a map of prison establishments use the Prison Finder

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Board reporting during Covid-19

Boards continue to monitor both prisons and immigration detention during the current pandemic. In 2020 and early 2021, much of this has necessarily been remote monitoring, though where it is safe and possible to do so, more boards are now returning to face to face visits. Board findings have been reported to ministers and to the Justice Select Committee as well as through annual reports, including the impact of the pandemic on prisoners and detainees.

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