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.
A former armed robber who helps direct youngsters away from a life of crime is being refused access to prisons. Trevor Hercules, who spent more than a decade behind bars, has been blocked by the Ministry of Justice from delivering talks to young offenders. The decision, made on the grounds that he failed a vetting […]
Two charities have today (Tuesday 28 July) won the right to challenge legal aid cuts for prisoners after the Court of Appeal ruled there was a risk that the system could be unfair and unlawful. The Howard League for Penal Reform and the Prisoners’ Advice Service (PAS) have been inundated with requests for help from […]
Dr Karen Graham, Lecturer In Working with Children, Young People and Families at Newman University, has published a really interesting blog post about education and prisons. Below is an excerpt, with a link to the full article: “How is education linked to prison? Research (and perhaps common sense) tells us that a large percentage of inmates […]
Banning smoking in prisons in England and Wales could make them more unstable, the Prison Governors Association (PGA) has warned. Ministers are drawing up plans to convert the first jails to be smoke-free next year. PGA president Andrea Albutt “cautiously” welcomed the move but said it must be done in a “safe and staged” way […]
Here are a few highlights from Michael Gove’s speech today at a Prisoner Learning Alliance event. The full speech is available here, but the following extracts should give you a good flavour of what he spoke about: Our current prison estate is out-of-date, overcrowded and in far too many cases, insanitary and inadequate. Unless offenders […]
Nick Hardwick has published his fifth and final annual report as Chief Inspector of Prisons. Mr. Hardwick reflects on the last five years, and draws attention to increasing violence, poor prison performance, overcrowding and staffing, and purposeful activity. He says: “Three broad themes emerge from this report and review – not just of the last […]