Prison and probation inspection and monitoring

HM Inspectorate of Prisons

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons carries out inspections of prisons, young offender institutions, immigration removal centres and police custody.

This section contains guidance and resources for prison inspectors, offender managers, members of Youth Offending Teams and others.

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HM Inspectorate of Probation

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation reports on the effectiveness of probation work with individual offenders, children and young people.

This section contains guidance and resources for offender managers and members of Youth Offending Teams.

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Independent Monitoring Board

Inside every prison, immigration removal centre and some short term holding facilities at airports, there is an Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) – a group of members of the public.  IMB members are independent and unpaid. They monitor the day-to-day life in their local prison or removal centre and ensure that proper standards of care and decency are maintained.

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