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.
Each year a large number of people come into contact with the prison system: in the three months between July and September 2014, more than 26,000 people entered the prison estate for the first time after being remanded in custody by the courts. As the start of the journey through a prison or YOI, the […]
“One member of staff grabbed my neck and then others pushed me to the ground and held me there telling me to calm down. While I was on the floor a male member of staff was holding my head almost between his knees. I have been sexually abused in the past so you can imagine […]
Here is your update from HMI Prisons HMP Lowdham Grange – many strengths, but safety had deteriorated http://www.justiceinspectorates.gov.uk/hmiprisons/media/press-releases/2015/11/hmp-lowdham-grange-many-strengths-but-safety-had-deteriorated/ HMP Lowdham Grange was doing some good work with the long-term prisoners it held, but it needed to improve safety, said Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons. Today he published the report of an unannounced inspection of […]
HM Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) and HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) have been leading a review of the expectations for police custody over the last year. The expectations set out the assessment criteria, or indicators, for their joint inspections of police custody and also ‘what they expect to see’ in those areas during the inspection. […]
The Howard League recently published a media release about deaths, assaults and self-injury in prisons. Here is the article in it’s entirety: The number of people who have died, been assaulted or injured themselves in prison has risen to its highest level for a decade, figures seen by the Howard League for Penal Reform reveal […]
In September 2015, the Justice Secretary, Michael Gove MP, asked Dame Sally Coates to lead a review into the provision of education in prisons. Now, as part of this work the government has announced its call for evidence and would welcome views from individuals and organisations with experience of education, training and skills in prisons. […]