I see letters here that talk about the cost of incarceration for life versus the death penalty. Incarceration for life is LESS costly. Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty is a good resource that says:
“The complicated process has drained our resources. The death penalty is longer and more complicated because a life is on the line — shortcuts could mean an irreversible mistake. For this reason, the death penalty costs millions more dollars than a system of life without parole — before a single appeal is even filed.”
Check out their website (https://conservativesconcerned.org/)
The death penalty is hard on the families of victims because it is, necessarily, a long process with repeated court appearances.
I pray for all involved.