Published: Jul 05, 2011 6:12 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 05, 2011 5:12 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A federal Bureau of Justice Statistics study found that among the nation's 50 largest jails, the Allegheny County Jail had the second highest suicide rate from 2000-07, averaging 1 2/3 suicides a year.

The jail reported two suicides in 2009 and one in 2010, according to the state Department of Corrections, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Tuesday. That gave the jail the highest suicide rate for those years among county lockups in Pennsylvania with populations of more than 1,000.

Officials say they're working to address the problem.

The parents of one inmate are suing the jail. The county also faces ongoing lawsuits for two other jail suicides, John Simeone III, 36, in 2007, and Shiva Lal Acharya, 33, in 2008.

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