Lawyers, campaigners and politicians have condemned the "unlawful" misuse of the powers.
Campaigners are concerned that councils are criminalising the homeless.
On this episode of VICE's podcast, we look at PSPOs – the orders police can use to arrest you for basically anything.
What started as a Tony Blair buzz phrase has led to hundreds of children being imprisoned for things that aren't even crimes.
Powers to tackle anti-social behaviour are being used to turn everything from rough sleeping to swearing into criminal behaviour.