What we do
Independent Monitor publishes quarterly news, good practice, opinion and critique relevant to IMB work. Its scope extends from prisons to immigration detention and to some extent across related criminal justice issues.
Much of the business of prison monitors is to do with asking questions. There are well over 1,000 in this Guide, all designed to increase the effectiveness of AMIMB members. The Guide (updated 2010) presents a bank on which a Board can draw according to the needs of its particular establishment.
Letter from the Justice Secretary to the Justice Select Committee to announce the appointment of the Chair of the Parole Board. “I am announcing today (26 January 2016) that Nick Hardwick will be the new Chair of the Parole Board. Nick Hardwick reaches the end of his term as Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisons […]
You can listen to Nick Hardwick speak at our upcoming conference The outgoing chief inspector of prisons has accused the former justice secretary Chris Grayling of attempting to remove criticisms of government policies from an independent report before its publication. Nick Hardwick said that Grayling did not want him to publish documents suggesting changes introduced […]
Eighty-nine people took their own lives in prisons during 2015 as the suicide rate behind bars remained at an alarmingly high level, figures seen by the Howard League for Penal Reform reveal today (Thursday 28 January). A further eight prisoners were killed in apparent homicides during 2015 – the highest number in a single year […]
After 30 years inside, Tom Shannon speaks about how the eponymous literacy charity that has helped 50,000 prisoners grew out of his pen friendship with a volunteer. From BBC website July 1992. The first letter Tom Shannon had received since starting a life sentence seven years earlier. “Dear Mr Shannon, I received a letter today […]
Seven staff members at a Kent young offenders centre have been suspended after filmed evidence of abuse was presented by the BBC. The staff were working at the Medway Secure Training Centre in Rochester, managed by security firm G4S. The allegations – uncovered by Panorama – involve unnecessary force, foul language and a cover-up. G4S […]