Hindpal is an Inspection Team Leader at HM Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) where he heads inspection of the immigration detention estate in the United Kingdom. He has helped to train prison monitors from a number of countries. He was formerly a probation officer and a criminal justice lecturer. He was editor of the Probation Journal from 1997 to 2007. He has published a number of articles and book chapters on prisons, probation, foreign prisoners and immigration detention and an edited book on Race and Criminal Justice (Sage). His PhD research focused on issues of legitimacy and coherence in the management of foreign prisoners and immigration detainees.