The utterly shameful level of convictions in England and Wales is down to the CPS dropping so-called ‘weak’ cases
• Vera Baird is the victims’ commissioner for England and Wales
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has published its performance statistics on sexual violence cases for the year 2019-20. They make shocking reading.
The number of prosecutions for rape is down to its lowest level since annual recording began – 2,102 in England and Wales compared with 3,034 in 2018-19 – a drop of 30% in a single year.
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