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 delivered a webinar on education provision in prisons. The slides cover the two key frameworks (both the Core Framework and the Dynamic Purchasing System) and outline market engagement, timescales and the commercial model. Download the presentation here
The Prison Advice and Care Trust (Pact) has released a new film to launch a report by the University of Cardiff, which highlights the positive impact of Pact’s work supporting mothers in Eastwood Park Prison. The study examined the impact of the Visiting Mum scheme, which was developed and run by Pact in partnership with […]
Kate Green MP looks at the experiences of Gypsies, Roma and Irish Travellers (GRT) in the criminal justice system. She discusses the overrepresentation of GRT people and racism in schools, and writes, ‘dignity, respect and recognition are the bedrock of justice and equality. Let’s put that building block in place.’ Read the blog here
The Hero’s Journey Life Coaching Programme: interim report, published by Spark Inside, looks at the impact of their life-coaching programme, The Hero’s Journey. This programme is grounded in the principle that people must be empowered to help themselves and has been delivered by Spark Inside to young people aged 15 – 25 leaving prison. The […]
The Prison Reform Trust has published a ‘Peer-led information service toolkit’, which collates examples of good practice in developing peer-led information services in prisons and provides a step by step toolkit for setting one up. The toolkit outlines the benefits of a peer-led information service, such as encouraging transparency within prisons and allowing prisoners to […]
The Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody (IAP) and a national newspaper for people in prison, Inside Time, have published a report on their collaboration ‘Keeping Safe’ which was designed to help people in prison at risk of self-harm and suicide. Supported by the Samaritans and Prison Radio, the IAP called on Inside Time […]