Yates Facing Jail Psychiatrists and Solitude

What lies ahead for Andrea Yates is an 8-by-10- foot cell and the anti-psychotic drugs that might have prevented her from drowning her five children.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Larry Fitzgerald said Yates, 37, will first be transported to the women's prison in Gatesville, 180 miles northwest of Houston. 

There she will be fingerprinted, a new photo ID will be made and she will be issued prison clothing. 

"She will be met at the front door by a psychiatrist, and any medication she was taking will be continued," Fitzgerald said. 

Yates will then undergo a diagnostic evaluation for six to eight weeks. 

If psychiatrists determine she is mentally ill, she will be transferred to a psychiatric unit at the prison in Rusk, 140 miles north of Houston. 

There, she will be placed in a cell and segregated from the general population, Fitzgerald said. 

She will be given the same psychiatric drugs and treatment she would receive in the outside world. 

"I think it's highly likely that she would end up in that category of inmate that costs the state $30,000 to $50,000 a year to house," said Joe Lovelace, a public-policy adviser for the Texas chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill. 

"They have to pay special attention to them." 

Dr. Phillip Resnick, a forensic psychiatrist who testified for the defense, said Yates is in for some hard time. Even if mothers who kill their children are found insane, he said, "They have a hard time forgiving themselves."