Elizabeth Hardison

Elizabeth Hardison

Elizabeth Hardison covered education policy, election administration, criminal justice and legislative news for the Capital-Star from Jan. 2019-April 2021. You can find her on Twitter @ElizHardison.

State Senate sends Wolf bill aimed at reopening Pa. businesses; Guv signals veto

By: - April 15, 2020

The legislation lifts its business criteria from an advisory issued last month by an agency in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The Republican-controlled House passed it Tuesday.

Posthumously innocent? The first prisoner to die of COVID-19 in Pa. was hard at work trying to clear his name

By: - April 15, 2020

(*Updated at 5:01 p.m. to correct comments by Jane Roh, a spokeswoman for Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner. Roh could not confirm that Sutton’s conviction was also being reviewed by its internal Conviction Integrity Unit, which investigates legitimate claims of innocence and wrongful conviction.) By the time Rudolph Sutton died last weekend in a Montgomery […]

Setting up clash with Wolf, Pa. House moves to loosen business shutdowns

By: and - April 14, 2020

The state Senate is set to vote on the legislation on Wednesday. It was not clear how Gov. Tom Wolf would fall on the bill, though he has urged caution.

Pa.’s child abuse hotline is now run out of employees’ homes, but receiving far fewer tips than normal

By: - April 14, 2020

The precipitous drop in call volume is consistent with the warnings that child abuse experts sounded to the Capital-Star last month, when they said that social distancing orders put in place by the Wolf administration would cut children off from teachers, day care providers, and other adults who are mandated by law to report suspected child abuse to the authorities.

COVID-19 in Pa.: State prisons report first fatality, testing reaches 1 percent of population

By: - April 13, 2020

The inmate was a 67 year-old African-American man serving a life sentence at SCI-Phoenix in Montgomery County. He died Saturday, officials said.

Our COVID-19 data FAQ: Why we present data the way we do

By: - April 11, 2020

We’ve had to make a series of editorial judgments about what kind of data to display and how to visualize it all in responsible manner.

Wolf issues executive order to thin state prison populations amid COVID-19 outbreak

By: - April 10, 2020

The announcement comes after legislation to reduce prison populations stalled in the state House and Senate, where lawmakers could not agree on conditions for release or which inmates deserved eligibility.

Tensions high in Philadelphia jails as court hearings face delays and case numbers mount

By: - April 10, 2020

Henry Jackson had a mid-April court date on a parole violation. With courts closed because of COVID-19, he and others are in limbo.

COVID-19 in Pa.: Wolf, lawmakers struggle for common ground on pandemic relief

By: and - April 7, 2020

In a day of fiery rhetoric, the Pennsylvania General Assembly advanced a second wave of legislation to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wolf: Pa. is making progress in COVID-19 fight, but doesn’t rule out extending stay-at-home order

By: - April 6, 2020

Wolf also urged Pennsylvania’s manufacturing sector on Monday to deploy its resources to make and distribute COVID-related medical equipment.

COVID-19 in Pa.: Draft plan to reduce prison pop. includes limited eligibility, gives veto to prosecutors

By: and - April 3, 2020

It was not immediately clear how many inmates would be eligible for release under the draft legislation seen by the Capital-Star.

For weeks, Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 testing rate was below the national average. Does it matter?

By: - April 3, 2020

In the four weeks since state health officials confirmed the first two cases of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania, statewide testing data remains limited.