Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Government begins recruitment for prison rights workers

The Isle of Man government has begun recruiting for an independent board to work on behalf of prisoners' rights.

The Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) ensures that prisoners' rights are upheld in prisoner treatment, accommodation and standard of care.

Members of the IMB make regular tours of the Jurby prison as well as inspecting police and court cells.

A government spokesman said the IMB is hoping to attract a fresh intake of "community spirited" individuals.

He added: "While no formal qualifications are required, prospective new members should have good life experience, a keen interest in the role and the time and energy to devote to monthly meetings and prison visits.

"An open mind, tact, diplomacy, professionalism, a decent level of physical fitness and a strong sense of justice are also essential attributes".

The Board used to comprise solely of magistrates, but now includes people from a variety of different backgrounds.

New members are offered full training.

Application packs are available from the Department of Home Affairs on Woodbourne Road in Douglas.

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