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Independent Monitoring Board

Mission Statement

Inside every prison, there is an Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) made up of members of the public from all walks of life doing an extraordinary job!

You’ll work as part of a team of IMB volunteers, who are the eyes and ears of the public, appointed by Ministers to perform a vital task: independent monitoring of prisons and places of immigration detention. It’s an opportunity to help make sure that prisoners are being treated fairly and given the opportunity and support to stop reoffending and rebuild their lives.

You’ll monitor day-to-day life in a prison. You could be talking to prisoners, checking that they are being given access to healthcare and training, or observing how well those at risk of self harm are treated. You will also play an important role in dealing with applications (complaints/requests) from prisoners, which could cover everything from lost property to serious bullying allegations.

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