The Independent Monitoring Panel (IMP)
The Independent Monitoring Panel is an independent body authorised by The Prison (Guernsey) Ordinance, 2013 to make unannounced and requested visits to the Guernsey Prison.
The Independent Monitoring Panel is an independent body authorised by The Prison (Guernsey) Ordinance, 2013 to make unannounced and requested visits to the Guernsey Prison. They play a key role in ensuring the good administration of the Prison by providing independent oversight of the day-to-day operation and protecting the well-being of prisoners and prison staff. During the course of their visits, Panel Members seeks to satisfy themselves as to the state of the prison establishment, the administration of the prison and the treatment of prisoners. Following visits, Panel Members complete written reports, outlining their observations and any concerns. These are then addressed by the Prison Governor and the Home Department Board.
Panel Members act as impartial observers. Prisoners have unrestricted access to the Panel who will listen to what the prisoner has to say, investigate his or her concerns and arrange for the prisoner to receive a response. Panel Members are not there to "solve" prisoners' problems, but are able to help the progress of queries or concerns.
Panel Members are appointed by the States of Deliberation on the recommendation of the Home Department. Members may come from a variety of backgrounds and sections of the community, but must be able to demonstrate tact, sensitivity, and the ability to communicate with a wide range of individuals.