independent monitoring boards

Shocking new figures show IMBs have 618 vacancies – while some Boards are crippled trying to operate at just 25% membership others are awash with over 144% agreed Membership levels

Shocking new figures obtained by The Prison Oracle show Independent Monitoring Boards (IMB) have over 600 current Membership vacancies – and while some Boards are crippled trying to operate with just 25% of what is its agreed membership, other Boards are awash with members – some with 144% over capacity. Mark Leech Editor of The […]

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 […]

A Travesty: The lost opportunity to reform the IMB

From 1 November 2018, the governance structure for the Independent Monitoring Boards (IMBs) will change – in an announcement that critics have called ‘a travesty’. This follows a government consultation, which was reviewed and revised by the National Chair, Dame Anne Owers after her appointment in November 2017, and discussed at four regional chairs’ forums […]

IMB ‘New’ Governance Arrangements Announced – “A wasted opportunity”

From 1 November, the governance structure for the Independent Monitoring Boards (IMBs) will change.  This follows a government consultation, which was reviewed and revised by the National Chair, Dame Anne Owers after her appointment in November 2017, and discussed at four regional chairs’ forums in the first part of 2018 – critics have slammed the […]

Thameside IMB Annual Report: “There are 70+ gangs with members in the prison who need to be kept apart.”

        The Independent Monitoring Board at HMP Thameside, a public sector prison in London, has published it annual report. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Introduction HMP Thameside holds a diverse and fluctuating prisoner population with different needs (young and elderly, remand and convicted [short and long sentences], UK and foreign nationals). Every day it accepts whomever […]

The shocking bullying of an IMB Member who simply told the truth

  30/4/2016 update http://politics.co.uk/blogs/2016/04/29/targeting-the-whistleblower-prison-critic-fights-for-her-job It was a powerfully honest article that many members of Independent Monitoring Boards (IMB) wanted to write (and which many have since applauded) but it has resulted in the shocking revelation of how bullying at one IMB is the price some can pay for their honesty. Faith Spear is the highly regarded […]