Keenan Mundine is the principal consultant at Inside Out Aboriginal Justice Consultancy, an Aboriginal owned and led consulting firm dedicated to raising awareness of the over-representation of Aboriginal people in the criminal justice system and providing expert advice and innovative solutions.
Keenan Mundine is a proud Aboriginal man with connections to the Biripi Nation, through his mother who is from Taree, and to the Wakka Wakka Nation through his father, who is from Cherbourg. Keenan is the youngest of three boys and grew up in Redfern, which was notoriously known as 'The Block'. Keenan had a rough start to his childhood after losing both parents at a young age, being placed in care, separated from his siblings and growing up unsupported with negative role modelling.
He made some poor choices which resulted in lengthy involvement with the justice system. Keenan turned his life around once he was provided with the opportunity to participate in a therapeutic program while in custody which equipped him with the skills to reintegrate back into the community. During this process Keenan found his passion in giving back to his community and working with people who have similar experiences. Keenan shares his personal story to raise awareness of the over representation of Aboriginal people in the justice system.
Keenan now works in a pre/post release and diversionary program for Aboriginal men and women exiting custody between 18-30 years of age. Keenan has provided key expert advice and insight into the development and implementation of this model.
At Inside Out Aboriginal Justice Consultancy, Keenan offers unique insights and perspectives on various aspects of the justice system. He provides key expert advice on strategic development, service delivery improvement and program models in the context of the unique needs of his people and communities. Keenan is also involved as an ambassador for both Prison Songs and Justice Reinvestment.