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.
Former AMIMB Chair, Christopher Padfield, features in today’s Guardian [original article] “I serve on the independent monitoring board at Bedford jail where prisoners rioted this month. For the past eight years I have visited the prison about once a week. Every prison in England and Wales has an IMB of ordinary citizens, appointed by the […]
My name is David Pinchin and I was recently elected to be your Chair for the next year. I feel extremely honoured to have been given this role and I hope I will be able to make a useful contribution to the work of AMIMB. However, following in the footsteps of Chris Padfield, as Chair, […]
Independent Prison Monitoring in Scotland: 1 year on On 31 August 2016, Independent Prison Monitoring in Scotland will mark its first full year of operation. The new system brings prison inspection and monitoring together within HM Inspectorate of Prisons for Scotland (HMIPS) with a focus on supporting continuous improvement in Scotland’s prisons. Background The introduction […]
Whitened Paper on Prisons As a beautiful late autumn slips into the winter of 2016-17 it is difficult not to feel profoundly deflated. The trees remain golden but with the first frosts the leaves are falling everywhere to create a slippery pulp underfoot. The chaotic aftermath of the BREXIT vote has been put in the […]
Calls for an inquiry into the state of jails in England and Wales have intensified after a prisoner died and two others were injured in a stabbing. Jamal Mahmoud, a 21-year-old of Somali descent who had just become a father, was killed in the attack at HMP Pentonville on Tuesday and his family have hit […]
‘Time to listen− a joined up response to child sexual exploitation and missing children’ is a thematic inspection report published by Ofsted, Care Quality Commission, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and HM Inspectorate of Probation. Key findings Although the pace of change is variable across areas inspected, there has been progress in the multi-agency response to […]