Brandon Sample

Brandon Sample is an attorney, author, and criminal justice reform activist.


Brandon’s law practice is focused on federal criminal defense, federal appeals, federal post-conviction relief, federal civil rights litigation, federal administrative law, and the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

Specific areas of Brandon’s federal criminal practice include:

  • Pre-trial and Trial
  • Sentence Mitigation Strategies
  • Federal Appeals
  • 28 U.S.C. § 2255 Motions and 28 U.S.C. § 2241 Petitions
  • 18 U.S.C. § 3582(c)(2) Motions
  • Federal Prisoner Treaty Transfer Requests
  • Federal Cooperation Assistance
  • BOP Compassionate Releasebrandon sample habeas citebook
  • Presidential Pardon and Commutation Petitions
  • Motions to Amend Supervised Release Conditions
  • Early Termination of Supervised Release


Brandon Sample is the author of The Habeas Citebook: Ineffective Assistance of Counsel, first published in 2010.

The Habeas Citebook is an easy to use reference book that was written for state and federal prisoners. The book focuses on the issue of ineffective assistance of counsel, one of the most common claims raised by prisoners in state and federal post-conviction proceedings.

A second edition of The Habeas Citebook, co-authored with Alissa Hull, Esq., was published in 2016. The Habeas Citebook is available for purchase from Prison Legal News, a monthly magazine that covers criminal justice issues across the United States.

Brandon has also authored over 100 different articles on criminal justice topics for Prison Legal News.

In addition, Brandon has co-authored several articles for the Huffington Post on criminal justice issues.

Brandon also publishes a blog,, which discusses court decisions from around the United States from the various federal courts of appeals.


In 2013, Brandon formed Prisology, a national tax exempt non-profit organization committed to reforming the U.S. criminal justice system.

In 2014, Prisology helped motivate tens of thousands of individuals to support retroactive drug relief for federal prisoners. The change in law, commonly called “drugs minus two,” is expected to save U.S. taxpayers over $4 billion in incarceration costs.

Brandon appeared before the U.S. Sentencing Commission in June 2014, and gave testimony in support of retroactive application of “drugs minus two.” Brandon’s testimony, among others, was instrumental in convincing the U.S. Sentencing Commission to apply “drugs minus two” retroactive.

Prisology remains actively involved with different criminal justice initiatives, including litigation against the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

MEDIA APPEARANCESstateside-michigan

Brandon Sample has been a featured guest on Stateside, a Michigan NPR program.

Brandon has also participated in discussions and interviews on XM/Sirius satellite radio and other online radio shows.


Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, Vermont Law School

B.A., Interdisciplinary Studies, summa cum laude, Adams State University


  • Vermont Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
  • U.S. District Court – S.D. of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court – C.D. of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court – N.D. of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court – E.D. Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court – W.D. Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court – Colorado
  • U.S. District Court – North Dakota
  • U.S. District Court – N.D. of Texas
  • U.S. District Court – W.D. of Texas
  • U.S. District Court – District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court – Vermont


If you would like to receive a free consultation with Brandon, please visit our free consultation page: Consult With Brandon Sample