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.
Violence between inmates at the country’s largest high security prison has increased, an inspection has found. Bosses at Durham’s high security Frankland prison have been urged to take “prompt action” to tackle a rise in assaults. The report noted a recent increase in levels of violence involving prisoners. But inspectors concluded the prison offered a […]
The Home Office is seeking responses to the Integrated Offender Management (IOM) National Survey. IOM arrangements typically bring together staff from all the agencies engaged in local Criminal Justice System partnerships (police, probation, prisons, plus other key statutory and voluntary sector organisations) within a single, coherent team structure for the management of repeat offenders. The […]
Sentencing youths: Overarching principles and offence specific guidelines on sexual offences and robbery
The Sentencing Council is proposing to issue a new definitive guideline on the sentencing of youths. They are seeking views on the draft guideline ‘Sentencing Youths – Overarching Principle and Offence-Specific Guidelines for Sexual Offences and Robbery’. The Council has recognised that youth sentencing guidelines have become piecemeal and dated and so has committed to […]
One positive and sustained relationship with a youth worker can make all the difference in helping young people leave crime behind, said Dame Glenys Stacey, HM Chief Inspector of Probation. Today she published a report on the effectiveness of practice in Youth Offending Teams (YOTS), looking at the main themes which desistance research has identified […]
Justice Secretary Michael Gove has ordered a review of the position of thousands of prisoners serving a sentence known as an IPP or Imprisonment for Public Protection. Many are considered to be languishing inside because they are several years over the minimum sentence they were given. James Ward was given a 10-month IPP for arson […]
Fifteen months after the implementation of Transforming Rehabilitation, the National Probation Service and Community Rehabilitation Companies are now working better together, but some significant problems remain. Advice given to courts is less reliable in some cases, and work to prepare prisoners on release needs a greater focus, said DameGlenys Stacey, HM Chief Inspector of Probation, as […]