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. 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. 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.