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.
Tuesday 13 October 2015 • 11am to 4pm (AMIMB AGM at 10.30) 2 Temple Place, Embankment, London WC2R 3BD Once again we are able to enjoy the unique surroundings of 2 Temple Place – a riverside neo-Gothic mansion, ‘a perfect gem of late Victorian art’. Speakers Professor Andrew Coyle, CMG is Emeritus Professor of Prison […]
The National Audit Office has published ‘A Short Guide to the Ministry of Justice’, which summarises what the Ministry does, how much it costs, recent and planned changes and what to look out for across its main business areas and services. The guide features easy to interpret infographics alongside more detailed information. Download it here
A former armed robber who helps direct youngsters away from a life of crime is being refused access to prisons. Trevor Hercules, who spent more than a decade behind bars, has been blocked by the Ministry of Justice from delivering talks to young offenders. The decision, made on the grounds that he failed a vetting […]
Two charities have today (Tuesday 28 July) won the right to challenge legal aid cuts for prisoners after the Court of Appeal ruled there was a risk that the system could be unfair and unlawful. The Howard League for Penal Reform and the Prisoners’ Advice Service (PAS) have been inundated with requests for help from […]
Dr Karen Graham, Lecturer In Working with Children, Young People and Families at Newman University, has published a really interesting blog post about education and prisons. Below is an excerpt, with a link to the full article: “How is education linked to prison? Research (and perhaps common sense) tells us that a large percentage of inmates […]
Banning smoking in prisons in England and Wales could make them more unstable, the Prison Governors Association (PGA) has warned. Ministers are drawing up plans to convert the first jails to be smoke-free next year. PGA president Andrea Albutt “cautiously” welcomed the move but said it must be done in a “safe and staged” way […]