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.
In NPC’s latest report ‘Beyond Bars’ they outline findings from their research into the role of charities in the criminal justice sector. We have found that there is a window of opportunity for cultural change in the criminal justice system. Prisons are under pressure, reoffending rates remain high, and charities are struggling to access service […]
The Royal Association for Deaf people (RAD) was delighted to present the first Deaf-Aware Prison Quality Mark to HMP Whatton. This quality mark has been designed and developed to support the wider work of prisons and offender management services. As part of RAD’s expanding partnerships, we are working with Public Sector Prisons to raise awareness […]
Charity Nepacs has produced a handy booklet and pocket guide to provide information and guidance for anyone working in health and social care so that they can better support children and families of prisoners. Nepacs is a long standing charity which works across the north east region to help support a positive future for prisoners […]
‘Preventing prison suicide: Staff perspectives’ is the fourth in a series of reports published jointly by the Howard League for Penal Reform and the Centre for Mental Health as part of a joint programme aimed at saving lives in prison. The report discusses the perspectives of staff working in prison, as well as those reviewing clinical care […]
Marie Waterman, the Voluntary Sector Co-ordinator at HMP Guys Marsh, speaks to Clinks about the benefit to the prison of her role in bringing voluntary services together and supporting their day to day work. She highlights five key ways prisons can benefit from having a Voluntary Sector Co-ordinator: A dialogue with the sector Information about […]
Drones are seen as an increasingly popular method for smuggling drugs and mobile phones into prisons, but having prison staff bring in contraband is also an effective route for prisoners. A conversation with a prison inmate about football led James Almond to break the law himself. The then prison worker was chatting about his favourite […]