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Here is Simon's cost and jail log. Now tell me what is wrong here. He is being arrested more than he is living a decent quality life. The reason he walks out in the street is because his glasses broke and cant afford to get them fixed. He is used as a tool and training method for incoming cops to practice arresting somebody for the new incoming cops. From what I understand the cops are told to arrest him anytime he does something wrong and are tired of dealing with him. what a waste of money. This guy isnt hurting a darn thing. Go after the real theives and drugdealing and quit wasting your time on this guy.


greenworld 5 years, 9 months ago

In terms of taxpayer dollars, Robert Gilmore might be Lawrence’s most expensive person.

Mentally ill patient costing taxpayers

A well-known homeless man in Lawrence is costing local taxpayers. Robert Gilmore has cost the city about $25,000 each year for the past 10 years in jail and arrest costs. Enlarge video

Gilmore, 52, who can frequently be seen in downtown Lawrence wearing a robe or bedsheet and socks on his hands, has cost taxpayers $250,000 over the past decade.

The Journal-World and 6News tracked Gilmore’s arrest record and time he has spent in Douglas County Jail since 2000. Gilmore’s frequent encounters with the local criminal justice system — which often include offenses such as illegal camping and blocking traffic — have led to 106 arrests and the equivalent of about four and a half years spent in jail over the past 10 years.

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Jail costs from 2000-2009 ( .PDF ) . Jail costs alone for Gilmore have topped $166,000 for the 1,617 days he’s spent there, and costs per arrest — based on national estimates of between $500 and $1,000 for minor offenses — place Gilmore’s per-year cost to taxpayers at around $25,000.

In times of city budget cuts, furloughs and layoffs, is there a cheaper — and more effective — way to deal with Gilmore?

repaste 5 years, 8 months ago

Guy owned Visions Optical used to give him glasses for free.

Liberty275 5 years, 8 months ago

If he's being used to train new cops, they should be paying him. If he isn't violating other's rights, he needs to be left alone. He has the same right to the sidewalk as I do and I won't be told to stay off the sidewalk unless I'm in handcuffs.

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