Independent Monitoring Board

IMB finds increase in violence, self-harm and drug use at HMP Lewes

Violence, self-harm and drug use is on the rise at a prison,inspectors warned. The Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) at HMP Lewes, East Sussex, raised the concerns when it published its report on today (Friday 28th June 2019 – but as yet it doesn’t appear on the IMB web site). The body said there was a “significant […]

IMB National Annual Report – Prisons in ‘fragile recovery’

The prison system is in a state of ‘fragile recovery’ after a lengthy period of staffing problems, increases in drugs and violence, and inadequate rehabilitation opportunities, said in their national annual report summarising the findings of prison independent monitoring boards in England and Wales to the end of 2018. In the report, Dame Anne Owers, […]

Doing Your Bird on Chicken Wing!

It gives new meaning to “doing bird” – inmates are looking after chickens as part of a new prison activity scheme. Eggs produced at HMP Leeds’ “Chicken Wing” are used in the kitchen or sold to staff. Under the supervision of staff, prisoners help tend to around 50 free-range chickens. The birds are located in […]

Deaths in Custody: The Noose Around The Ombudsman’s Neck

pdf version open letter from Mark Leech The Editor of The Prisons Handbook for England and Wales, to The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman   Dear Sue, Recommendation Recommendation Recommendation Recommendation Recommendation Recommendation Recommendation Recommendation Recommendation Recommendation. Did you bother reading each of those words – or notice I had inserted a number in one of […]

Stop placing elderly inmates in jails with few ground floor cells

The prison service has been urged to stop placing elderly or immobile inmates in jails with few cells on the ground floor. Some men held in upstairs accommodation at HMP Brixton struggled to collect their meals or make it to social activities, a watchdog report found. They also faced difficulties accessing a mobility scooter located at ground […]

Prison Monitors publish annual report on HMP Bronzefield

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Main judgements 1. Overall prisoners are treated fairly, humanely and with decency. 2. The Board remains concerned about those prisoners with severe mental health problems who experience long delays awaiting transfer to secure psychiatric facilities (8.13). 3. A large proportion of prisoners are not prepared well for release. This is owing to a […]

HMP Warren Hill Monitors Annual Report

This is the Monitoring Board’s Press Release. The Monitoring Board, whose volunteer members made 204 visits to the prison during the year, reports that the prison’s success is the result of a clear sense of purpose, imaginative leadership and dedicated staff. Prisoners often told the monitors that Warren Hill is a lot safer, is more […]

HMP Altcourse Monitors publish their 2017/2018 annual report

  The Independent Monitoring Board at HMP Altcourse in Liverpool, has published its annual report today. DESCRIPTION OF THE PRISON HMP Altcourse is situated six miles north of Liverpool city centre and is set in an 80 acre site surrounded by woodlands. The prison was purpose-built in 1997 under the government’s Private Finance Initiative (PFI) […]