The term treatable means and includes all dogs and cats that are rehabilitatable
and all dogs and cats that are manageable.
It focused neither on punishing the guilty nor on rehabilitating the rehabilitatable
. Rather, the question presented to the VCSC was the following: "Which nonviolent felony offenders are at a low risk of re-offending and can thus be safely placed in alternative sanction programs?" (17)--i.e., how can sentencing procedures be designed efficiently to protect the public-at-large?
The degree to which this is true was described by the then-sitting circuit court judge in whose courtroom felony sex offenses are handled: "[M]y sense of it is that 80% of the people that are convicted [of CSC] are rehabilitatable
." (378) Conversely, the judge recognized that some of those who perpetrate sexual crimes upon children cannot benefit from rehabilitative efforts.