Deuel Vocational Institution (DVI)

Main Phone: (209) 835-4141

Physical Address: 23500 Kasson Road, Tracy, CA 95304 (Directions)

Announcement: Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy will be deactivated on September 30, 2021. For more information please visit the Prison Closures website.

Deuel Vocational Institution
23500 Kasson Road
Tracy, CA 95304

General Population Visitation

Learn about contacting, visiting, and corresponding with inmates and juveniles who are in our institutions.

Reception Center Visitation

Please be advised that the visitation appointment(s) cannot be scheduled without a CDCR Number included in the email Subject line. All visits are scheduled in advance based on the date you wish to visit. Refer to the information below:

  • Email Monday between 7:00am – 9:00am, for Saturday Visits
  • Email Tuesday between  7:00am – 9:00am, for Sunday Visits
  • Call Friday between 8:00am – 9:00am, for either/both Saturday and Sunday Visits. | Telephone: 209-830-3900 | Visiting Hotline: 1-800-374-8474

**All Visiting Appointments are scheduled on a First-Come First-Serve Basis**

  • PIA: Farm/dairy operation
  • Other: Youth Diversion, Religious, Narcotics Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous

DVI Education Programs

  • Academic: Adult Basic Education 100; Adult Basic Education 200; Computer Literacy; Auto Body repair; Building Maintenance; Heating, Ventilation, Air-conditioning (HVAC)
  • Kasson Adult School (KAS) which is part of Deuel Vocational Institution is a fully accredited Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) adult school. The programs offered through the school have been an integral part of the rehabilitation of thousands of men that have been incarcerated at DVI since 1953.
  • KAS provides academic programs that lead toward the completion of the General Education Development (GED) exam. College courses are offered through Coastline Community College which is part of the California Community College System and leads to an Associate Arts or Science Degree.
  • Career Technical Education classes are provided by credentialed instructors and train inmates in Auto Body & Paint, Heating Ventilation & Air Conditioning and Building Maintenance. A basic computer fundamentals class is also offered that provides skills in Micro-Soft Word, Excel, Access & Power Point.
  • Independent study programs are available for inmates that have institutional job assignments to further their educational goals or interests. Courses available assist inmates to prepare for the GED exam, basic literacy in reading and mathematics, American Sign Language, art appreciation, small business management, and a book & poetry club.
  • The physical education (PE) program is facilitated by a credentialed physical education teacher and provides conditioning and health & nutrient classes. The PE program provides inmates the opportunities to participate in intramural sports and activities year round.

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.

DRP Programs
CDCR’s Division of Rehabilitative Programs offers a wide range of programs for inmates. Check to see which programs are offered at this institution.

Family Liaison Service Specialist
CDCR provides through a contract with a community-based organization an on-site Case Manager as a family reunification liaison for inmates and family members, to assist with an inmates pre-release preparation; and conduct Parenting and Creative Conflict Resolution classes for inmates. Please call the Institution to contact the Family Reunification Liaison.

Deuel Vocational Institution (DVI) is located near Tracy, in the southern agricultural area of San Joaquin County. Things to see and do in and around Tracy include; Umigo Racing (Go Karts), Sky Zone Trampoline Park, Dive High Hang Gliding, and the Grant Theater, which features performing arts, art galleries and art classes. Tracy is about an hour from San Francisco, San Jose and Sacramento.

San Francisco bay bridge
Tracy Agriculture with green mountains in the back


Reception Center (RC):

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.


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 landon bird

Landon Bird is the warden at Deuel Vocational Institution (DVI).

He began his career with CDCR in May 1997 as a Correctional Officer at High Desert State Prison. He also worked at Substance Abuse Treatment Facility prior to transferring to Sierra Conservation Center (SCC) in March 1999.

At SCC, he promoted to Correctional Counselor I in June 2007, Correctional Counselor II in January 2011, and Correctional Counselor III (Classification and Parole Representative) in October 2014. His managerial experience began in September 2015 as a Captain.

His correctional administrator experience spans over three years and includes experience in programs and the camp division at SCC. He promoted to Chief Deputy Warden at DVI in May 2020.

CEO W. David Smiley

W. David Smiley began his career with CDCR in 2011 as the CEO of Health Care Services at California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison at Corcoran. In January 2013, David transferred to Mule Creek State Prison and then in June 2017 Deuel Vocational Institution.

Prior to 2011, David held CEO positions at Kentfield Hospital, San Joaquin Valley Rehabilitation Hospital and CPC Sierra Gateway Hospital, and was Northern California Regional CEO for Sun Health Care Group. During his tenure he earned numerous recognitions including the President’s Award, CEO of the Year and Hospital of the Year.

David holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration and is a Diplomate of the American College of Health Care Executives. He served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the California Healthcare Association, and as Chairman of the Board for the Hospital Council of Northern and Central California.

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.