As of February 2018, there are eight people on Washington’s Death Row at Walla Walla State Prison. In 2014, Governor Jay Inslee placed a moratorium on the state’s death penalty program, and now there’s a bill that’s gaining momentum in the state legislature that could abolish the death penalty forever in our state.

In this edition of KBTC’s Northwest Now, we sit down with a former death row inmate who was exonerated of a 1980s-era murder that he did not commit. How many other innocent people are on death row throughout our country?

Also, what about victims and their families? Will abolishing the death penalty remove justice for them? We’ll hear from Steve Strachan, head of the Washington Sheriffs and Police Chiefs Association, who disapproves of removing the death penalty from our state’s justice system.

When to watch:

The Emmy and Telly Award-winning public affairs series Northwest Now airs Fridays at 7:30 p.m. on KBTC Public Television, a service of Bates Technical College.

Use the list below to find us on TV. You can also watch past episodes and learn more about the show on our website.


KBTC 28.1, 28.2, 28.3 digital channels, (including K41KT-D Grays River-Lebam and K24IC-D, Bellingham and Channel 16 Digital, Seattle)

KCKA 15.1, 15.2, 15.3 digital channels


Comcast channel 108 (HD, most areas in Western Washington)

Comcast channel 12 (most areas – in Tacoma, Comcast channel 3)

Click! (Tacoma) channel 3 Rainier Connect channel 10

Broadstripe channel 28 (varies by area)

Verizon FiOS channel 28
Frontier Cable: 528 (HD), 28 (SD), and 474 (MHz Worldview)

Dish channel 28 (may appear as 8620)