CPS Annual Hate Crime Report 2018-19

This year’s report shows that the number of cases sent to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) by the police has fallen and in turn, the numbers of pre-charge decisions and prosecutions have also decreased. However, when prosecutors made a legal decision based upon all available evidence, a decision to charge was made in 87.9% of cases. This is higher than last year.

The conviction rate has remained steady.

The percentage of convictions where the CPS secured a sentence uplift reached the highest level yet – 73.6%.

Headlines from the 2018-19 Annual Hate Crime Report:

  • The proportion of cases involving a guilty plea increased slightly from 75.4% in 2017-18 to 76.1% in 2018-19;
  • The proportion of cases resulting in a conviction with an announced and recorded sentence uplift was 73.6% in 2018-19, an increase of 6.5 percentage points from the previous year;
  • The conviction rate remained steady at 84.3%;
  • The number of cases sent to the CPS by the police fell by 16.7% from 12,901 in 2017-18 to 10,749 in 2018-19;
  • The number of pre-charge decisions decreased from 13,518 in 2017-18 to 11,826 in 2018-19;
  • The number of prosecutions completed decreased from 14,151 in 2017-18 to 12,828 in 2018-19; a decrease of 1,323 (9.3%).

The gap between the number of hate crimes reported to the police and the number of cases being sent by the police to the CPS for prosecution is growing; the CPS is working closely with police colleagues, both nationally and locally, to understand the reasons for this fall in the number of cases sent by the police.

Full report: https://www.cps.gov.uk/sites/default/files/documents/publications/CPS-Hate-Crime-Annual-Report-2018-2019.PDF

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