A chance to join the Independent Monitoring Board of Full Sutton Prison

The Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) for HMP Full Sutton the High Security Prison near York is looking for up to three new volunteer members of the Board to assist in its vital role of ensuring that prisoners are treated fairly and humanely.


The Board is a statutory body and its members are appointed by the Ministry of Justice and volunteers are needed to add to the current Board complement.

Members of the Board make monitoring visits to the prison, its wings, healthcare, segregation, educational settings and workshops, but not prisoners’ individual cells. They have access to prison records and regular contact with the prison governor, including a monthly Board meeting, where they ask direct questions of the governor.

The Board produces an Annual Report, which includes recommendations where necessary for any improvements and is sent to the prisons minister, the governor and HMPPS (Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service). The report is a public document.

Richard Terry, Chair of the IMB said:

“Our role is to look particularly closely at the fair and humane treatment of all prisoners. We check on any instances of the use of force against prisoners and we look to ensure fairness and decency. This role is not for everybody, but it is very rewarding and also very interesting at the same time. Most people don’t know what goes on inside a prison and this role gives a real insight and Members can make a real difference. It should appeal to those with an interest in welfare issues, criminology, sociology and psychology. Magistrates are welcome to apply and indeed anybody with an interest and affinity with resolving issues and helping people”.

Members of the Board are all volunteers and initially serve a term of three year, which can be extended mutually to a maximum of nine years. They make three or more visits to the prison each month, based on availability and also attend the monthly Board Meeting. People in employment may be allowed time off by their employer for these duties. Members can claim fuel expenses and may also be able to claim childcare expenses where appropriate.

Applicants should have their own transport, and must live withing 30 miles of the Prison. He recruitment process involves completing an on-line application form, a tour of the prison and an interview. Security clearance will be needed for the successful candidates.

The current recruitment campaign opened on 25th April. For further information about the IMB and to apply, visit www.imb.org.uk or call Richard Terry on 07713 038425




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