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Monday, April 22, 2024

24-year-old inmate found dead in cell at the Alachua County Jail

The Alachua County Sheriff's Office is conducting a two-part investigation to determine the cause of death and whether it was preventable

An inmate at the Alachua County Jail was found dead in his cell Tuesday afternoon, county officials said.

Detention officers discovered Caleb Fink, 24, dead in his cell at 5 p.m. and tried to revive him with medical aid. Emergency Medical Services arrived at the scene shortly after and pronounced him dead, Alachua County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Kaley Behl said.

No further details about what could have caused his death were available as of Wednesday evening.

The Hawthorne native was sentenced Aug. 24 to 110 days in jail with 50 days of jail credit for violating his probation related to charges of drug possession, according to court records.

The sheriff’s office is now conducting a two-part investigation into Fink’s death.

“One part is criminal, and the other is administrative,” Behl said.

The Criminal Investigations Division will determine the inmate’s cause of death, and the Office of Professional Standards — also known as the Internal Affairs Unit — will ensure the jail staff acted according to policy and could not have prevented Fink’s death.

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Lily Kino

Lily is a third-year journalism major with a concentration in environmental science covering criminal justice for The Alligator. Last semester, she served as the Santa Fe reporter. When she's not writing, you can find Lily on a nature walk, eating Domino's Pizza or spending time with her friends.

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