Oakwood 2020-21 annual report published

In their annual report for the year 2020/2021 the Board at HMP Oakwood were of the view that despite all the restrictions imposed due to the Covid pandemic, prisoners at HMP Oakwood were treated fairly and humanely and note the following positives; Health Care staff maintained their presence throughout the reporting period providing a high … Read more >


Exeter 2019 annual report published

  2019 has been another challenging year for HMP Exeter, says the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB).  The Independent Monitoring Board at HMP Exeter – made up of volunteers appointed by ministers to ensure prisoners are treated fairly and humanely today published its annual report for 2019. The Report covers the period where, following the unfavourable … Read more >


UN experts conclude visits to UK places of detention

Independent Monitoring Boards (IMBs) are part of the UK’s National Preventive Mechanism set up under the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture (Opcat). The NPM was established in 2009 to strengthen the protection of people in detention through independent monitoring and focuses attention on practices in detention that could amount to ill-treatment; The United … Read more >


2018 has been a challenging year for HMP Exeter, says Independent Monitoring Board

The Independent Monitoring Board at HMP Exeter – made up of volunteers appointed by ministers to ensure prisoners are treated fairly and humanely –  today published its annual report for 2018. Following the unannounced Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons inspection in May 2018, which resulted in the Urgent Notification Protocol being invoked, the Board believes … Read more >


NPM report highlights concerns for detainees who are not being held in safe and decent conditions

The National Preventative Mechanism (NPM) is the United Kingdom’s structure for complying with its commitment to the United Nations Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT). In their Ninth Annual Report, published today, the NPM presents the findings of the 21 member organisations, including those … Read more >


National Governance

The National Chair and Management Board provide leadership for IMBs and set strategy in the context of IMB independence and statutory obligations. Regional Representatives provide support for Boards in the regions and are a key link with the Management Board and Chair, ensuring that the needs and views of the regions are integral to the … Read more >


IMB governance structure

From 1 November, the governance structure for the Independent Monitoring Boards (IMBs) will change.  This follows a government consultation, which was reviewed and revised by the National Chair, Dame Anne Owers after her appointment in November 2017, and discussed at four regional chairs’ forums in the first part of 2018. The new structure will support … Read more >


Conditions for prisoners in HMP Brixton have deteriorated, says IMB

Conditions for prisoners in HMP Brixton have deteriorated over the year. In its annual report, the Independent Monitoring Board finds – for the third year running – that there are not enough staff to ensure safety and decency. Drugs and mobile phones are readily available and assaults on prisoners and staff have increased. This is … Read more >