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INDEPENDENT MONITORING BOARDS by Bob Chapman, Local Resident

I wrote an article back in December for Dartford Living, workshops which provide training in trade skills as well as describing what IMBs are and their role. That article coincided less demanding work. Several different types of qualification with one of our recruitment campaigns, which was fairly can be earned. successful. For prisoners with drug problems programmes are provided As I previously stated, every prison has to have an IMB, by law, to help with their rehabilitation. which is made up of volunteers. It is a Ministerial appointment and a position of trust, as we are given a set of keys and There is also a Healthcare unit. have access to all areas of the prison. My particular prison is HMP Swaleside, on the Isle of Sheppey, where around The current IMB at Swaleside consists of 11 people from 1150 offenders are housed with minimum sentences of different backgrounds. We are not ‘do-gooders’, or social four years. The prison is divided into 8 wings, which each workers. We are there as the eyes and ears of the Minister have different specialisms, such as rehabilitation, vulnerable on a day-to-day basis to make sure that the offenders are prisoners, lifers etc. treated fairly and humanely within the prison rules. To this end we produce an annual report for the Prisons’ Minister, Each individual is given the opportunity for education and the latest of which has just been released (2nd August) and work. Education is provided by Milton Keynes College and can be viewed on the IMB website. is up to Open University level. There are seven industrial

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