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A huge population increase has happened in the last 39 years for females working in the correctional field. Unfortunately, the research has barely kept up with such gender progress in the workforce. A much needed study on stress and the female correctional officer was conducted to evaluate three certain hypotheses: it is hypothesized that years of service are associated with different stress levels, that years of service is associated with different coping strategies, and that stress and coping are negatively related. Independent T-tests, multiple ANOVAs, and one-way ANOVAs found that there were not any correlational relationships for years in service versus different stress levels. Humor was found to be a very likely correlation factor for older female officers’ coping strategies. There were additional correlations found between stress and “negative” coping strategies. Furthermore, other analysis was performed on other variables with surprising results.