I've been aware of them, as I live in Terre Haute, and drive by the Federal Prison complex frequently on the way into town. The Terre Haute Prison complex contains the federal execution facility.
I was perusing the New York Times Corona Virus maps, and noticed that the last set of maps/data they presented recently ( or I just recently noticed ) is the number of Covid 19 cases in detention facilities all across the USA - municipal and county jails, state prisons, and federal prisons.
Avenal State Prison in California is currently in the lead with 3,358 cases.
The Terre Haute Federal Prison Complex, which includes the federal execution facility, currently has "only" 575 cases out of 3000 inmates.
Unfortunately, the total number of cases for each institution is the only statistic in the article, nowhere can I find cases/number of inmates, or cases/100,000 or some such number unless I search the web for each institution, and there are hundreds on the list.
I have seen suggestions that prison populations should be vaccinated early because of their increased risk. Fewer inmate cases might even save states and the federal government significant money since there should be lots fewer cases of severe Covid 19 requiring treatment in their populations.
There will undoubtedly be some portion of voters who do not feel prisoners should get priority over their mothers and fathers, or grandmothers, or their family members with major illness risk factors for severe Covid disease. But it is an idea worth seriously considering.
This pandemic is requiring each one of us, to reflect on our values in many ways. The death sentence is one of many social decisions being reflected upon, as well as vaccinating prisoners as a priority, I submit.
You have to scroll down the page in my link below, quite a bite, as the case per prison data is at the bottom, and is only displayed by the actual number of cases, so your have to spend some time to find a specific instituition.
Below is an article in the New York TImes about the first female prisoner to be executed in over 70 years. She was scheduled for execution today Dec 8. for crime a kidnapping and homicide committed in 2008.
A brief search reveals there are about 3000 inmates in the Terre Haute Prison complex, so 575/3000 is about 19+% of the inmate population.
I know a very determined, local, Catholic nun, who works at the same school where my wife teaches, whom we lunch socially with, from time to time. I am certain, she was protesting today, outside the facility.