Independent Monitoring Boards

Independent Monitoring Boards

At a glance


  • Criminal justice

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Geographical remit: 
National - Britain


Inside every prison, immigration removal centres and some short-term holding facilities at airports, there is an IMB – a group of ordinary members of the public doing an extraordinary job. IMB members are independent, unpaid and work an average of 3 days per month depending on the needs of the Board and the individual.

Members are the eyes and ears of Ministers and monitor the day-to-day life in their local prison to ensure that proper standards of care and decency are maintained.


New Board Members will join the existing Member of the Board monitoring the prison, talking to prisoners and staff and attending the monthly Board Meeting. Typically, this will take up to 4 to 5 day per month during probation year, which then reduces to 3 to 4 days.  The work is unpaid and expenses will be covered. While there is no minimum length of time for a Board Member to serve, the maximum length of service is 15 years.  

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