Sussex Police have been accused of criminalising homeless people who ask passers-by for money.
Almost seven hundred beggars in the county have been prosecuted in the last five years.
Critics say taking the homeless to court makes life even more difficult for them, costs money and rarely stops the problem.
But police say they only arrest those who are a nuisance to the public.
Malcolm Shaw spoke to Jason Knight, who campaigns for the homeless, and Supt James Collis of Sussex Police.