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.
Latest news on the Prisons and Courts Bill 2016-17 The Prisons and Courts Bill is a public bill presented to Parliament by the Government. The Bill was introduced to the House of Commons and given its First Reading on Thursday 23 February 2017. This stage is formal and takes place without any debate. What happens next? […]
‘Breaking Barriers: Doing it Justice’ is an independent review led by the Rt. Hon Hazel Blears, Professor Lord Patel of Bradford OBE and Dr Jon Bashford, and the first of its kind to fully explore the opportunities a devolved approach to Criminal Justice presents. The seven month review commenced in August 2016 and the findings […]
Interesting article in the BBC this week, featuring IMB input: Beating up love rivals and trying to find gainful employment are among the reasons prisoners have given for “going on the run”, it has emerged. A BBC investigation has sought to find out where people fleeing lawful custody actually go and why. There were 13 […]
This month, in partnership with the National Council for Voluntary Organisations and Third Sector Research Centre, Clinks has launched the most recent Transforming Rehabilitation (TR) survey. We aim to reach the largest possible number of voluntary sector organisations involved either directly in, or indirectly affected by, TR both in our prisons and in […]
Chaos in one of the biggest prisons in the country has been revealed in secret filming for the BBC. An undercover reporter spent two months at HMP Northumberland, which houses up to 1,348 male inmates, for Panorama. He discovered widespread drug use, a lack of control, door alarms that did not go off in one […]
Clinks’ Light Lunch provides a weekly round-up of criminal justice and voluntary sector news. Details of how to subscribe (free of charge) are at the foot of the page. CLINKS RESPONSE: prison governor empowerment Clinks has submitted additional written evidence to the Justice Committee’s sub-inquiry on governor empowerment and prison performance in response to some […]