Florida’s high rate of incarceration has tremendous social and economic costs to the state. Incarceration has lasting negative effects on individuals, families and communities. The high level of incarceration also creates a tremendous strain on the state’s budget. Florida has one of the largest populations of elderly inmates, mentally ill, and drug addicted individuals in its prisons. This also exposes the state to higher costs in meeting the needs of these inmates. Harold will fight hard to ensure mentally ill and drug addicted individuals get the help that they need, rather than wasting resources to prosecute the most vulnerable in our community.