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. To see a map of prison establishments use the Prison FinderRead more about us
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.Learn more >
The IMB at HMP Norwich report that despite a major recruitment programme, staff shortages and lack of experience continue to detrimentally affect the lives of prisoners and staff. The scarcity of staff on the landings and inadequate time available to develop supportive interactions between staff and prisoners have resulted in safety being compromised. Time out …
Heathrow holding rooms require better facilities for children and other vulnerable individuals held for long periods
In its annual report on the short-term holding facilities the Heathrow Airport IMB welcomes the fact that although conditions in the holding rooms have been considerably improved, they still fail to provide satisfactory overnight sleeping accommodation at a time when lengths of detention for some people have become unacceptably long: Nearly two thousand people were …
Read the report in full here.