Nicole Kessinger has begged and pleaded with Law enforcement to consider placing her in a witness protection program. Since she does not qualify for the program, they recommended a legal name change, counseling and to move out of state. She has valid reasons to want to change her name due to public threats and being blamed for causing Chris Watts to kill his family.
She will be getting a new identity and a chance to start over.
Since she will NOT be in a witness protection program, she will be free to change her name and be able to visit Chris Watts in prison if she chooses to do so.
Since Nichol Kessinger has never been charged with a crime, she will not be prevented from communicating with the Murderer Chris Watts.