Also, I love the journalist's commitment to the nonsense that this is some kind of a new revelation. She writes, "Turns out, it is cheaper to imprison killers for life than to execute them, according to a series of recent surveys." Turns out? Recent surveys?
Here are citations of three articles from over ten years ago questioning the cost-effectiveness of execution:
Bright, Stephen B.: "The death penalty as the answer to crime: costly, counterproductive and corrupting"; 35 Santa Clara Law Review 1211 (1995)That took all of two minutes to find. Just saying.
Dieter, Richard C.: "What politicians don't say about the high costs of the death penalty"; 1 Studies in Prolife Feminism 11 (1995)
Spangenberg, Robert L. and Walsh, Elizabeth: "Capital punishment or life imprisonment? Some cost considerations"; 23 Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review 45 (1989)