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.

Corrections officials suspend referrals, review contracts as they prepare to rein in spending on reentry services

By: - August 30, 2019

The Department of Corrections will review contracts and reassess its spending across all of its 11 reentrant service areas, which include sex offender services, alcohol and drug treatment, and workforce development.

Pennsylvania moves to close Luzerne County state prison, as state lawmakers voice opposition

By: - August 29, 2019

SCI Retreat currently holds 1,100 incarcerated people and employs 400 corrections officers and prison staff, according to the department. 

Corrections secretary recommends better communication after five Pennsylvania parolees implicated in string of homicides

By: - August 29, 2019

HAMPDEN TWP., Pa. — Five Pennsylvania parolees accused of committing homicides this summer met all the criteria for release and did not show any indication that they were at risk of committing violent offenses, Pennsylvania Department of Corrections officials announced Wednesday. An internal review of Pennsylvania’s parole system did reveal, however, that “there were errors” […]

Legislative panel will travel the state this fall to hear concerns on the way Pa. pays for special education

By: - August 28, 2019

The panel will compile its findings in a report due by Nov. 30.

House Speaker Mike Turzai proposes school voucher program for Harrisburg City Schools 

By: - August 27, 2019

The plan would require the Harrisburg City Schools to award scholarships of at least $4,100 to children who wish to enroll in private or public schools.

These crime victims have lost loved ones to murder — and to prison. That’s why they want to end life without parole in Pennsylvania 

By: - August 27, 2019

The move faces staunch opposition from the Office of the Victim Advocate, Pennsylvania’s official victim advocacy agency. 

Sentencing officials are trying — again — to build an algorithm to predict future crimes. Critics still have big concerns

By: - August 22, 2019

It’s been nearly 10 years since Pennsylvania lawmakers ordered a state commission to develop a computer algorithm to aid judges in sentencing with the goal of reducing prison populations.

Pennsylvania’s Suicide Prevention Task Force will hold public meetings this fall

By: - August 21, 2019

The statewide listening tour will allow Wolf’s Suicide Prevention Task Force to gather information for a suicide prevention plan, according to a news release. 

Poor school districts are funding the state’s cyber charter schools, research shows. That wasn’t always the case

By: - August 20, 2019

Poor districts disproportionately fund the state’s cyber charter sector, which reliably produces low test scores and graduation rates for its students, new research shows.

Pennsylvania’s charter schools, explained: How they work, and why Gov. Wolf wants to reform them

By: - August 15, 2019

The debate over charter school funding has reached a “crisis point," education advocates say.

Guns will be on the agenda during Sept. 24, 25 state Senate hearings

By: - August 14, 2019

Sen. Lisa Baker, who took charge of the Senate panel in late 2018, announced her intent to hold hearings on gun control last week, after gunmen in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio killed 31 people in mass shootings.

Rolling out charter school reforms, Wolf calls for a ‘level playing field’

By: - August 13, 2019

The new executive actions will authorize the Pennsylvania Department of Education to recoup the cost of administering the charter school law by billing charter schools for payment processing and legal and administrative assistance, Gov. Tom Wolf said Tuesday.