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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  • Kirkham 2017 annual report published today

    Read the report in full here.

  • IMB at High Down report another challenging operational year for the prison

    High Down started 2017 as a Reform prison and as such was able to opt-out of the public sector recruitment process, enabling faster recruitment.   Following a successful local campaign, the Board welcomed the recruitment of 86.5 new officers to address previously reported understaffing (IMB Annual Report 2016), but is concerned to know whether they will … Read more >

  • HMP Hindley improving despite uncertainty over future

    The Independent Monitoring Board at HMP/YOI Hindley say in their 2017 Annual Report that great improvements have been made to the provision for prisoners during the year despite the uncertainty around plans to refurbish the site. This would mean that the prison would be closed for two years. In its annual report, the Hindley IMB … Read more >

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