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.
Interesting article in the BBC this week, featuring IMB input: Beating up love rivals and trying to find gainful employment are among the reasons prisoners have given for “going on the run”, it has emerged. A BBC investigation has sought to find out where people fleeing lawful custody actually go and why. There were 13 […]
This month, in partnership with the National Council for Voluntary Organisations and Third Sector Research Centre, Clinks has launched the most recent Transforming Rehabilitation (TR) survey. We aim to reach the largest possible number of voluntary sector organisations involved either directly in, or indirectly affected by, TR both in our prisons and in […]
Chaos in one of the biggest prisons in the country has been revealed in secret filming for the BBC. An undercover reporter spent two months at HMP Northumberland, which houses up to 1,348 male inmates, for Panorama. He discovered widespread drug use, a lack of control, door alarms that did not go off in one […]
Clinks’ Light Lunch provides a weekly round-up of criminal justice and voluntary sector news. Details of how to subscribe (free of charge) are at the foot of the page. CLINKS RESPONSE: prison governor empowerment Clinks has submitted additional written evidence to the Justice Committee’s sub-inquiry on governor empowerment and prison performance in response to some […]
A new frontline service focused on reforming offenders and cutting crime will launch in April 2017, Justice Secretary Elizabeth Truss announced today. Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) to replace National Offender Management Service (NOMS) new service will be responsible for rolling out government’s reform programme to reduce reoffending and protect the public the service […]
A record number of people killed themselves in prisons in England and Wales in 2016, figures show. The Ministry of Justice said there were 119 self-inflicted deaths – 29 more than the previous year and the highest number since records began in 1978. It also reported a record high of 37,784 self-harm incidents and 25,049 […]