Authorities say there will be no special precautions taken to protect Casey Anthony except for dropping her off at an undisclosed location when she's released from prison Sunday, unless verifiable threats are received, reports CBS News correspondent Karen Brown.
This, despite deep concerns Anthony's lawyers have expressed for her safety, once she's a free woman after more than 1,000 days behind bars.
Anthony, acquitted in the death of her two-year-old daughter, Caylee, will walk out of the Orange County, Fla. jail into "a population that still largely believes she's guilty," Brown observes.
The safety concerns have turned the how and when of Casey's release into a closely-guarded secret and, Brown points out, spawned a flurry of rumors about what she will do next -- from plastic surgery to a hasty relocation to Texas.
The rumors concern attorneys for Zenaida Gonzalez, who's suing Anthony for alleged defamation. Anthony claimed to police that a woman with the same name had kidnapped Caylee. If Anthony leaves, she could be unavailable for a deposition next week.
Casey has other lingering legal worries, as well.
A South Carolina prison inmate now wants a DNA test to see if he's Caylee's father, so he can sue for wrongful death.
And the sheriff's office wants her to cover the cost of the investigation she was found guilty of misleading - though she's appealing that part of that conviction.
With interview offers ranging up to $1 million dollars, and cash donations from admirers flowing into her jailhouse bank account, Anthony could decide to settle, Brown notes.
Brown adds that Anthony's attorneys say she'll definitely need therapy when she gets back out into the world, after spending most of her time in prison in isolation.
Wendy Feldman, who served 16 months in a federal prison camp for securities fraud and is now a prison consultant, told "Early Show on Saturday Morning" co-anchor Russ Mitchell every inmate in the United States is processed in a similar fashion when being released.
""She will change her clothes, 'dress out' as they call it, and get into civilian clothes," said Feldman, who's the founder of Custodial Coaching, where she counsels people who are going to prison and those being freed. "She'll go through a standard checkout form, be given any medications that she's taking, and then be ready to go."
Usually, Feldman says, it's not the responsibility of authorities to take inmates to their next destinations, "but in this case, because it's so unusual ... they will escort here until she's at her destination, whether that's a plane or a home or where have you, and that will be it."
Feldman says it's "likely that they're going to take her out a back exit, back garage door, in an unmarked car, with her lawyers or whoever's picking her up. That's pretty typical in high-profile cases."
Will Anthony get any money?
"Typically, in Florida," Feldman replied, "they give you $100 'gate money.' As you hit the gate, they give you the money. But, in this case, she won't be eligible for that money, because she's not 'needy.' She had money on her books. So she won't get that $100."
Does a prison system offer any type of support for newly-released inmates?
"No," Feldman responded. " ... If you're ordered to, like, a half-way house, then they would. But there are all kinds of faith-based organizations, re-entry organizations that come visit inmates in jail, and they have visited Casey Anthony. She even said they visited her on the jailhouse visiting tapes from 2008. So, she will have programs presented, but they're optional."
The prison system has no obligation at all in this regard, Mitchell surmised, and Feldman agreed, saying, "Not unless it's ordered. She doesn't have probation, so it's not ordered."
Feldman offered a surprising take on authorities saying they won't provide any special security for Anthony short of credible threats against her, saying, "Law enforcement has an obligation protect everybody who is outside of custody equally, so if there is a credible threat, they'll protect her. But they can't act as her 24-hour-a-day bodyguards. They're going to most likely escort her where she needs to go. But just like in the O.J. (Simpson) case, if she goes to a certain location, law enforcement might be there to protect the other neighbors, and not Casey Anthony."
What would Feldman advise Anthony about surviving after prison?
"I would tell her to get help, get all kinds of help, go through an aftercare program, get mental health experts, get a whole team together because, not only is this high-profile, but she's been incarcerated for almost three years. So she has a large re-entry task, and that's compounded by the fact she is not liked by most people in America. So, I would tell her (to) get a team of experts and get some professional help."