The New York City Board of Correction is moving forward with new rules designed to reduce rape and sexual assault in jails.

In a unanimous vote Tuesday, the board approved standards set forth by the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003.

The rules include clarifications on how to work with transgender inmates and setting strict timeframes for investigations.

During the comment portion of the board meeting, many advocates said they supported the board's progress but complained that it had taken much too long.

The proposed rules were initiated over a year ago at the behest of the public advocate. The recommendations from the U.S. Department of Justice were passed down over a decade ago.