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Casey Anthony's Probation Location Kept Secret

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By Cynthia Hsu, Esq. on August 25, 2011 12:55 PM

Curious members of the public trying to find out Casey Anthony's probation location should stop looking.

The Florida Department of Corrections will not be putting her photo and information on their website, and a judge has blocked public release of her personal information.

Anthony is on probation for a 2010 conviction of check fraud, reports The Ledger. The recently voted "Most Hated Person in America" met in private with a probation officer Wednesday evening at an undisclosed location.

Anthony will be required to serve out one year of probation and will be required to check in with her probation officer at least once a month, reports The Ledger.

Anthony gained national notoriety after she stood trial for the murder of her then 2-year-old daughter Caylee Anthony in 2008. She was acquitted of all murder charges and was released this year.

Anthony's probation should not be confused with parole. Probation and parole, though similar, are two different sentencing options.

Probation allows a convicted offender to not serve jail time but to be in consistent contact with a probation officer. Parole, on the other hand, is usually a conditional release from jail after a convicted criminal has already served some part of their sentence.

Both probation and parole tend to impose requirements. These requirements are different for each case. For example, a person released on parole or given probation for an alcohol-related offense may be required to not consume any alcoholic beverages during their probationary or parole period.

Violations of both probation and parole can result in prison sentences, fines, or additional terms and conditions.

As for Casey Anthony's probation location, there is no guarantee she will stay in Florida. She could put in a request to serve her probation in another state, The Ledger reports. In July alone, approximately 6,500 offenders had their probation transferred to a different state, according to the Florida Department of Corrections.

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