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.