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.
The Ministry of Justice has published a summary of what happened to the prison population between 1993 and 2016 and the major factors contributing to the changes. This document is a summary of a set of PowerPoint slides which can be requested by email. The bulletin is produced and handled by the ministry’s analytical professionals […]
From April 2017 HMI Probation will be responsible for reviewing work with offenders who are under current or recent supervision by providers of probation services and have been charged with a specified Serious Further Offence (SFO).  The purpose of the SFO review is to: understand and set out what happened; analyse what – if […]
Following Lord Corbett’s death in February 2012, the Prison Reform Trust (PRT) agreed with his family to establish a lasting and fitting memorial to his exceptional work in penal reform. Robin Corbett was the respected chair of the Home Affairs Committee. For ten years he chaired the All Party Parliamentary Penal Affairs Group to which […]
The Justice Committee has launched an inquiry into the Government programme of reforms to prisons, on the assumption that, as indicated by Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP, there will be no substantial change to the programme of reforms to prisons already announced—including the £1.3bn estate modernisation programme, the creation of reform prisons to give prison […]
Prisoners held indefinitely after serving their minimum term or tariff should not have to prove it is “safe” to release them, new Parole Board chairman Nick Hardwick has said. Various factors make it “incredibly difficult” for some inmates on Imprisonment for Public Protection sentences to find such proof, he said. He wants new criteria for […]
Elizabeth Truss is the new Lord Chancellor following Theresa May’s appointment as Prime Minister. The Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP as the first woman Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice. The Secretary of State has oversight of all Ministry of Justice business and is […]