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Deuel Vocational Institution (DVI)

Contact & Visiting Information


Main Phone: (209) 835-4141

Physical Address:

  • 23500 Kasson Road, Tracy, CA 95376

Mailing Addresses:

  • General Mailing: P.O. Box 400, Tracy, CA 95378-0004
  • Inmate Mailing: P.O. Box 600, Tracy, CA 95378-0600

Visiting Hours and Directions

Saturdays and Sundays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and the following holidays: Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day.

To schedule a visiting appointment, you must call (209) 830-3900 on Fridays, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. or email dvivisiting@cdcr.ca.gov Monday or Tuesday between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.

For updated information concerning DVI visitor hours or closures, please contact the Visitor Hotline at (800) 374-8474, and follow the voice prompt for information specific to DVI.

Visiting Assistance:

A CDCR funded Visitor Center is at the institution operated by a community-based organization under contract to CDCR. The Visitor Center provides visiting assistance to family members and friends including a sheltered place to wait before and after visits, transportation to and from local transit terminals, childcare, clothing appropriate for visits on loan, and information about local resources, visiting rules and regulations.

Statewide Inmate Family Council Message:

Local Inmate Family Councils (IFC's) are a gathering of family and friends of the incarcerated who meet regularly with Wardens to support visiting since keeping strong family connections with loved ones is a powerful rehabilitative tool. These IFC's promote visiting by clarifying rules and regulations as well as discussing health, education, vocational training, packages, books, and related issues. For more information on connecting with a local IFC, please visit the Statewide IFC website.

Visiting Assistance:

A CDCR funded Visitor Center is at the institution operated by a community-based organization under contract to CDCR. The Visitor Center provides visiting assistance to family members and friends including a sheltered place to wait before and after visits, transportation to and from local transit terminals, childcare, clothing appropriate for visits on loan, and information about local resources, visiting rules and regulations.

General Directions:

From Sacramento:

Option 1

  • Take I-5 South for approximately 62.3 miles
  • Take the Kasson Road exit
  • Turn left (east) over the over pass onto Kasson Road
  • Turn left onto the entrance road, immediately after going over the railroad

Option 2

  • Take Highway 99 South for approximately 47 miles
  • Merge onto CA-4, toward 1-5/Downtown Stockton/San Francisco
  • Merge onto I-5 South toward San Francisco/Los Angeles
  • Continue for approximately 16 miles
  • Take the Kasson Road exit
  • Turn left (east) over the overpass onto Kasson Road
  • Turn left onto the entrance road immediately after going over the railroad tracks

From San Francisco:

  • Take I-580 East for approximately 46 miles
  • Merge onto I-205 East; continue for approximately 9 miles
  • Take the Mac Arthur Drive exit
  • Turn right (south) onto Mac Arthur Drive; continue for approximately 1/2 mile
  • Turn left (east) onto Grant Line Road, continue approximately 5 miles
  • Grant Line Road will turn into Kasson Road
  • Continue on Kasson Road (approximately 1 mile) over the overpass

For additional information, visit this link  to customize your driving directions.


About Deuel Vocational Institution

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The mission at Deuel Vocational Institution (DVI) is two-fold: DVI’s primary mission is as a reception center that receives inmates from 29 Northern California counties. DVI’s secondary mission is to provide housing for general population, level I & II inmates serving their term of incarceration at DVI.

Institution Details

Reception Center:  Staff process RC inmates by compiling and evaluating the inmates’ criminal records, life histories, medical and physiological histories, and social histories. The information is used to determine the inmates’ custody score and to identify any specific placement needs the inmates may have. Once the reception process is completed, the inmates are transferred to one of the 35 State prisons where they serve the remainder of their prison sentence.

General Population:  General Population inmates are those inmates that are remanded to the custody of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitations (CDCR) to serve their term of incarceration. The general population inmates at DVI provide support to the institution by working maintenance, food service, janitorial, as well as other jobs that serve in supporting the operation of the prison. General Population inmates also have the opportunity to attend education programs that include Adult Basic Education, GED programs, Career Technical Education (Computer Literacy, Building Maintenance, Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning - HVAC, Auto Body Repair) and a multitude of other voluntary programs that afford the inmates an opportunities for self improvement.

Prison Industry Authority (PIA):  Dairy/Farm – The CALPIA operates a full dairy and farm operations on DVI grounds, which consists of approximately 1,400 head of cattle with 600 being milked on any given day producing approximately 162,000 gallons of milk per month. The dairy packages ½ pint, ½ gallon, 3 and 6 gallon dispensers in nonfat, 1%, 2%, milk. Also included is 1% chocolate milk. The milk is then shipped to PIA customers throughout the northern part of the state. CALPIA also farms approximately 450 acres of corn for silage, oats, and alfalfa hay used as cattle feed. This operation employs minimum support inmates who get on the job training as dairymen and/or farm hands.

Special Historical Notes

DVI was named for the late Senator Charles D. Deuel who sponsored legislation establishing the institution. The facility opened in 1953 and was expanded in 1959, 1981 and 1993.


Warden Price

About the Warden

Jerome Price has been warden or acting warden at the Deuel Vocational Institution since 2012. He has held several positions at DVI since 2011, including chief deputy administrator and correctional administrator.

He served in several positions at the Sierra Conservation Center from 2003 to 2011 and from 1991 to 1996, including correctional administrator, captain, lieutenant, correctional counselor and sergeant.

Price was a correctional lieutenant at the Northern California Women’s Facility from 1998 to 2003 and at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation from 1996 to 1998.

Price was a correctional sergeant at San Quentin State Prison from 1990 to 1991, where he was a correctional officer from 1986 to 1987. He served as a correctional officer at the Deuel Vocational Institution from 1987 to 1990.