Region 1 Assistant Chief, Wisconsin Department of Corrections
Jay Laufenberg graduated from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse in 1994 with a degree in Psychology.
Jay has 22 years of experience with the Department of Corrections. He began his career in 1998 as a Probation and Parole Agent. He promoted to Corrections Field Supervisor in 2007. As a Corrections Field Supervisor, Jay had experience building relationships with outside agencies in addition to working cross-divisionally within the Department. He served on various work groups and committees, such as the Dane County OWI Treatment Court Advisory board, Dodge County Executive Law Enforcement Association and the Pre-Release Curriculum Oversight Committee.
Jay transitioned to his role as Assistant Director of the Electronic Monitoring Center in 2014. The Electronic Monitoring Center provides 24/7 services to several agencies including DCC, DJC, DAI, national and local law enforcement and county Human Services Departments.
Jay completed the DOC Leadership Development Academy in 2013 and was a SALUTE award winner in 2016.
Jay became the Director of the Office of Victim Services and Programs in 2016. This unit was responsible for providing a variety of notifications to over 40,000 registered victims statewide, overseeing restorative justice programs, and providing advocacy to victims during their involvement within the Department of Corrections.
In 2018, Jay was promoted to Assistant Regional Chief in Region 1. The regional office is responsible for overseeing probation and parole in eight counties, including Dane County.