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.
17th January 2017, London 19th January 2017, Manchester 26th January 2017, Cardiff Do you want to help shape the future prison inspection criteria? How would you assess the treatment and conditions of prisoners if you were the Chief Inspector of Prisons? In light of the changing prisons landscape, HM Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) is carrying […]
Rioting prisoners took over four wings over of HMP Birmingham last week, setting fire to stairwells, destroying paper records and causing £2m in damage. It was the latest high-profile disturbance to break out in a jail, prompting Justice Secretary Liz Truss to warn that “long-standing” problems in the nation’s prisons could take months to solve. […]
The prison population of England and Wales should be cut to 45,000, a former deputy prime minister and two former home secretaries have urged. In a letter to the Times, Nick Clegg, Ken Clarke and Jacqui Smith said jails had become unacceptably dangerous. They said inmate numbers had risen to more than 85,000 since Michael […]
The government is backing a new scheme to get graduates working in the prison service, only days after disturbances at HMP Birmingham. Graduates will work alongside frontline staff after an intensive training course in the summer and complete a master’s degree at the same time. Trainees will earn £20,545 – a prison officer’s starting salary […]
Probation services in the north of London had deteriorated and work by the Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) responsible for managing low and medium-risk offenders was poor. People were more at risk as a result, and this was unacceptable, said Dame Glenys Stacey, HM Chief Inspector of Probation. Today she published the report of a recent […]
Phil Wheatley blames Gove, Clarke and Grayling for ‘operational disaster’ that will take years to put right. The last three Conservative lord chancellors have been blamed for “bringing the custodial system to the brink of collapse” by the former head of the prison and probation services in England and Wales. It took years of Tory […]