Wolf said part of the solution is to improve job opportunities, increase community resources and fund schools.
Northampton County recently shut down its work-release program; Lehigh County ended its over a year ago.
To help ease the strain of surging COVID cases, officials are considering letting some inmates go home on work release.
Chief Charles Roca will lead the department with Assistant Chiefs Michael Becker and James Gress.
The American Civil Liberties Union was among the chief opponents of approval.