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The job at a Yorkshire prison where you get to see what life is really like for criminals


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If you have ever wondered what it is like to be inside a prison and how prisoners are treated on a day to day basis this could be your chance.

The local Independent Monitoring Board at HMP Lindholme in Doncaster are looking for volunteers to head into the prison to give an insight into a world that few people see.

If you live locally, within 30 miles of the prison, you could be chosen to monitor activity inside the prison, talk to prisoners and make sure that they are being treated humanely and fairly.

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Every year the IMB write a report that goes directly to the Prisons Minister on how prisoners are being treated inside local jails across the country.

Successful applicants will have full access to the prison in order to undertake the role and although it is unpaid, travel, childcare and loss of earnings expenses are available.

Comprehensive training and support is also provided.

Stephanie Coates, a current IMB member at HMP Lindholme, said: “It could be the most rewarding thing you have ever done.

“You can make a real difference to prisoners’ lives, not just in responding to requests or complaints, but also by raising concerns about anything from crumbling buildings to men being kept in solitary confinement for too long.

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“You will see the criminal justice system from the inside and work as part of a really dedicated IMB team.

“Anyone over 18 can apply – prisoners come from all backgrounds and so should our members.”

IMB members from across England and Wales come from varied walks of life and include students, small business owners, teachers, health professionals and people who are looking for a life or career change.

Some of the key qualities needed for the role include analysis, decision making, communication and teamworking skills and well as an open-minded approach.

Candidates undergo a selection and vetting process, which can take a number of months, ahead of being formally appointed by Ministers in line with the Government’s public appointments process.

If you are interested and want to find out more information visit the IMB website or contact them on

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Written by: Rother Radio News

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