What is an Independent Prison Monitor?

An Independent Prison Monitor holds statutory authority under the Public Services Reform (Inspection and Monitoring of Prisons) (Scotland) Order 2015. It is an essential role within the Scottish justice system as it helps ensure prisoners’ human rights are upheld and that life in prison contributes to their rehabilitation.  

Independent Prison Monitors provide an independent viewpoint on the humane treatment and conditions for prisoners in all prisons across Scotland and will conduct investigations either as a result of a prisoner raising an issue or from observations that are made during prison visits. Monitors will also be expected to report formally on their findings. 

How to Apply

To find out if we are currently recruiting Independent Prison Monitors in your area, please email

To find out more about the role please see the information pack below: