Diane Goldstein

Lieutenant Diane Goldstein (Ret.) is a 21-year veteran of the Redondo Beach Police Department in California. She is the executive diretor of the Law Enforcement Action Partnership, a group of police, prosecutors, judges and other criminal justice professionals who oppose the War on Drugs and advance sensible criminal justice policy solutions.

Diane is a member of the board of directors of The Influence Foundation, which operates Filter.

Our Movement Is Strongest When We Aim High—And Work in Current Reality

Criminal justice reform has made significant advances during my time in the movement. But the continuing influence of the carceral…

October 19, 2020

End Civil Asset Forfeiture to Defund the Drug War

“It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it,” as…

August 6, 2020

Ahmaud Arbery Case: Deep Investigation Must Take On Structural Racism

The brutal killing of Ahmaud Arbery, by a retired member of law enforcement and his son in Brunswick, Georgia on…

May 12, 2020

Political Rhetoric and Policing: Can We Break the Vicious Circle?

Our society’s emphasis on drug-law enforcement and the stigmatization and punishment of people who use drugs is driven in significant…

December 10, 2019

The Rank Hypocrisy of Marijuana Prohibition Advocates’ Taxpayer Funding

The New York Chapter of Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), the prohibitionist organization led by Kevin Sabet, has submitted a…

September 9, 2019

Latest National Police Association Revelations Support Our Suspicions

In January 2019, Filter published a report about an organization called the National Police Association, which had recently filed an…

March 19, 2019

The Shady “National Police Association” Behind the Headlines

Last month the National Police Association (NPA) filed an ethics complaint against Rachael Rollins, the new district attorney for Suffolk…

January 9, 2019

The Marijuana Prohibition Movement Fails to Condemn Anti-Semitism in Its Ranks

I am still reeling after the mass shooting targeting the Jewish community in Pittsburgh last month. But perhaps I shouldn’t…

November 8, 2018

As a Cop, I Know Police Contempt for Drug Users Is Still Widespread—And It Comes From the Top

  “Don’t bother replacing the injections. Let nature take her course!” —Comment from a law enforcement-only forum, referencing naloxone provision;…

September 20, 2018